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We also found that perceived tie strength does not correlate very highly
with relational duration and contact frequency, see
Mesch, Gustavo and Ilan Talmud. 2006. "The Quality of Online and Offline
Relationships, the role of multiplexity and duration". _The Information
Barry Wellman wrote:
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> Ken, et al.,
> I would be especially careful about conflating measures of frequency of
> contact with other indicators of tie strength.
> For 3 reasons:
> 1) Deductively, the people most people see the most every day --
> neighbours, co-workers, schoolmates -- may not be the people they feel
> closest to subjectively or get the most support from.
> 2) Empirically, when Scot Wortley and I checked this out with the 2nd East
> York study, we found that frequent contact did NOT correlate, cluster,
> etc. with other measures of tie strength: subjective closeness,
> 3) Empirically, frequent contact predicted to other types of social
> support than these other measures of tie strength.
> See our "Brothers Keepers," Sociological Perspectives, 1989; and
> "Different Strokes from Different Folks" Am J of Soc, 1990.
> Barry Wellman
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