The ecology of social interactions in online and offline environments
Fabio Paglieri and
Fabio Sabatini ()
MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany
The rise in online social networking has brought about a revolution in social relations. However, its effects on offline interactions and its implications for collective well-being are still not clear and are under-investigated. We study the ecology of online and offline interaction in an evolutionary game framework where individuals can adopt different strategies of socialization. Our main result is that the spreading of self-protective behaviors to cope with hostile social environments can lead the economy to non-socially optimal stationary states.
Keywords: Evolutionary dynamics; self-protective behavior; social networks; dynamics of social interaction; social networking sites; social capital; Internet; well-being (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C61 C73 D85 O3 O33 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Working Paper: The ecology of social interactions in online and offline environments (2016)
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