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Robert McNeill: How Facebook has taken over from face-to-face conversations

My deeply held view that the world would be a better place if fewer people went out is starting to spread. So-called ‘sofalising’ is replacing socialising, the controversial activity that usually leads to fights and pregnancies.

According to a new report, 26% of citizens would rather communicate using electronic gadgetry than meet other people in person. It’s not quite what I had in mind — the scope for misunderstanding in electronic communication is even greater than that face to face — but it’s a step in the right direction.

The study, by online casino Yazino — eh? — concluded: “Some people are as used to seeing their friends’ online avatar as they are their face.”

How peculiar. I’m beginning to wonder what I started now. Of course, I do go out, mostly to the hill near here. I like the fresh air. I’ve tried speaking to people there, but they generally run away.

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