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The ecology of social interactions in online and offline environments

Angelo Antoci, Alexia Delfino, Fabio Paglieri and Fabio Sabatini ()

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: 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)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-net and nep-soc
Date: 2016-01-28
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