Facebook, Twitter, texts and e-mails are undermining communities, families and friendships, according to the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales.
Archbishop Vincent Nichols said Sunday that these and other Web-based services have led young people to seek "transient" friendships, with quantity becoming more important than quality.
Nichols said a key factor in suicide among young people was the trauma caused when such loose relationships collapsed.
"Friendship is not a commodity," he told the Sunday Telegraph newspaper.
He added: "Friendship is something that is hard work and enduring when it's right".
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