The maintenance of the present social relationships and the development of the future relationships have become easier with the help of the internet. Individuals as well as organisations these days make investments on the social capital on the ground that this would help the organisations or the relationships to be sustainable in future. Scholarly resources like academic books, magazines, periodicals and journals have been consulted to provide an insight on the research works that have already been done in this particular subject. A thorough research has been done to analyse the various pros and cons of the issue in question.
The changing trends in the use of internet have the impact on the social capital of a particular society. In this context, it is important to throw light on the concept of social capital. Social capital may be defined as the set of relationships or resources on which the social life of an individual is based. The social resources of an individual generally are those which help the individuals help to have the right set of information, resources as well as the other kinds of support. An individual with a better social capital would have a better position in terms of educational achievement, growth in terms of career, status in the society as well as happiness in general. By investing in the social activities which take place over the internet or “online” individuals would be able to enhance the social status that they generally have in absence of the internet.
Social capital has often been classified under different heads. These would include the network capital, participatory capital as well as community commitment (Lin, 2001, pp. 78-98). Network capital implies the relationships that an individual develops with one’s relatives, neighbours, friends as well as colleagues. These