The interconnected web of our friends, family, neighbors, and acquaintances might dominate our lives more than we know. They've always been there, making up our social support systems. But now, thanks largely to the burgeoning popularity of online social networks like Facebook, researchers are discovering what a powerful influence our connections -- both online and off -- really have over our lives, USA Today reports. Because online social networks are much more clearly defined than offline connections, they have been a boon to researchers. And studies are finding that despite dire predictions from naysayers who warned that spending too much...

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