In Social networks like Facebook, members might have hundreds of “friends”.
But, in reality, their interpersonal serious interaction is limited to only 7 friends.
(10 with female users).
In one of his recent interviews, Cameron Marlow, a research scientist at Facebook admits that active communication in Facebook is very limited. It seems that in the online “crowded” social networks, there is no networking, but mainly one way broadcasting of individual members.
These findings reaffirm what we, at Language Connections, have been claiming for several years: developing the essential skills for the 21st century such as multicultural competence, creativity and higher-order-thinking, can happen only in functional gated social networks that facilitate authentic real dialogues and not in the open crowded networks.
Our SnowBlog program is designed specifically for that task.