it’s getting a lot easier for people to connect now that the mechanisms for maintaining online identity are become more polished and ubiquitous. I think that people are also recognizing that they really DO want to meet other people; the rise of groups like Refresh, Barcamp, Dorkbot, Meetup, Upcoming and Couch Surfing… they all express that desire. Plus, a lot of us are getting really sick of staring at our computers and are finding relief in the physical world; I think the DIY movement is partly driven by this.

Dave Seah via 9Rules Featured