Scientists hope to download some insight into online interactions
Ten years ago, computer aficionados had the Internet pretty much to themselves. Today, their electronic playground has become a grand, weird, unpredictable social experiment. About half of U.S. households now have Internet access, although only 5 percent were connected in 1995. Europe and many other parts of the world also contain mushrooming numbers of Net users.
There's a complementary growth industry in studies of how this wildly successful technology affects social life. Behavioral scientists are grappling with a seismic