This suggests that as much as people want to connect through the Internet, the practice also can have the opposite effect: social networking fatigue.
"You join a lot, but you don’t keep up," said Dave Taylor, a 44-year-old Internet marketing consultant who complained about having social networking fatigue on his blog after joining about 15 sites.
I have a large degree of sympathy with this view, but it is way too early in the experiment to draw too many conclusions. A lot of social networking – digital or atomic – can be exhausting. But as we pick our friends and social circles we do cut down on number and range until we find the size that fits us.