The Internet in Everyday Life
Barry Wellman, Caroline Haythornthwaite
Wiley, Dec 13, 2002 - Social Science - 624 pages
The Internet in Everyday Life is the first book to systematically investigate how being online fits into people's everyday lives.
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I had hopes for this book. I was expecting it to be like Don Norman's The Design of Everyday Things, but I was left disappointed. It is basically just a collection of papers, most of which are based on more concise version of papers that appeared in the American Behavioral Scientist 45(3), which is freely available to students and academics with the right privileges. It's a beyond being paid for, but I found my library's copies of Social Computing: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications by Subhasish Dasgupta a more comprehensive edited work for the contemporary age of social networks on the Internet. If you're a student you can always get it by Inter-Library loan if your library doesn't have it, or ask your them to buy it as it's well worth reading - it is more up-to-date than this dated work, which is basically available online anyway.