Scott Caplan, a communications professor at the University of Delaware, tells New Scientist that studies of social networks generally indicate that “people who prefer online social behaviour tend to have higher levels of social anxiety and lower social skills.”
None of this is particularly surprising. But the findings do provide an interesting counterweight to the utopian rhetoric that tends to surround online communities. “Social production” might more accurately be termed “antisocial production.”
You know what I would like? XKCD’s take on the research!