虛擬關係是真實關係的鏡射嗎？Are Virtual Social Relationships Independent from Reality?
Author：Yung-Chu Yeh, Jar-Der Luo
Keywords：Social Networks, Cyberspace, Internet Relations, Cyber-Community
Following the thought of Wellman, we are trying to examine how social relationships within the cyber-community differ from those in the real world. For general internet users, we are also interested in whether their behavior of making friends on the internet is similar to that when off-line? In our findings, it would appear that a pair of friends has the same types of interactions when on the internet as those demonstrated in the real world. We also find that behind an on-line intimate tie with high interaction frequency, there exists a high probability of finding a person with a high degree of centrality within friendship networks in the real world. Our findings do not deny the possibility that there is a large group of "disembodied" internet users. But for an average user, life in cyberspace is not in large contrast to their real daily life.