Similarly, social trust grown in small group relations is considered to function as a heuristic that is useful in decisions to partake in large-scale communal action efforts Remarkably, Putnam’s apprehension with the collective decline in social capital argues for the centrality of community practices, interpersonal trust, and life satisfaction in studies of civil society.
He emphasizes that involvement and trust have declined, equally contributing to the wearing away of community life (Putnam, 2001).
According to him, people use the internet for social recreation, for instance playing games, and chatting with friends.
This creates a negative effect on how people engage themselves in civil activities and can even reduce trust in other people.
This has continued to widen the gap that exist between the haves and have not thereby leading to interpersonal disconnection.
Shopping has become a way of valuing relationship, people no longer shop just to acquire goods and services but to form a basis for negotiation (Pappano, 2001).
According to her, as technology advances, new communities are created from the existing ones; people tend to distance themselves from one another as they seek for a common ground.
They group themselves into different social classes with common interest and aspirations.
Pappano argues that, technology is playing a big role in the growing phenomenon of loneliness based on its aptitude to unite people in new and different ways.
As this is happening, people are feeling more isolated and estranged from each other.