Membership in Virtual Communities is Booming

Enormous increases in processing power and bandwidth are blurring the lines between the real world and the virtual one. As work, education, government, and entertainment have moved on-line, the barriers of space and time that formerly marked different parts of people’s lives have disappeared. Virtual work teams, telecommuting, long-distance learning, and electronic shopping for many have resulted in an “anything, anywhere, anytime” lifestyle, in which formerly distinct areas of people’s lives are now .....

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