Somewhere in the back of

my mind, wherever the unconscious gears of the subconscious grind away, I’m fairly certain my brain is monitoring the

quality of my relationships. I know this because there are periods of time every day when I am actively working to improve my relationships. For example, one of the first things I do every day is check my email, social network, and blog activity — and respond to and/or update each of these in the most constructive ways I can come up with. In the physical world (“off the Internet”) I engage in similar exercises, returning phone calls and paying visits to friends — but I probably

have a more heightened awareness of a deliberate maintenance of relationships when I am online.

I sometimes wonder, however, about the ways in which relation

ships that exist due to the Internet are differentiated from relationships that take place…

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