strong ties

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Intimate social relationships with family members, lovers, friends—an in-group—as distinct from loose or weak ties with other members of society. Strong ties involve frequent contact, affection, similarity or like-mindedness, and a sense of obligation, and tend to be seen as offering tangible psychological support. It is often assumed that they also depend heavily on face-to-face interaction, but Ling observes that the mobile phone is particularly supportive of contact within in-groups, making its members constantly accessible to each other and enabling the immediate sharing of experiences and emotions.

Subjects: Media Studies.

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