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Pronoun or Preparatory it

Irresistible: Why We Can’t Stop Checking, Scrolling, Clicking and Watching - Adam Alter

Could you tell me what the pronoun, it, refers to?

Does it refer to the situation previously mentioned or indicate the fact that people with similar attitudes became friends?

Thank you in advance.



The researchers believed that physical space was the key to friendship formation; that “friendships are likely to develop on the basis of brief and passive contacts made going to and from home or walking about the neighborhood.” In their view, it wasn’t so much that people with similar attitudes became friends, but rather that people who passed each other during the day tended to become friends and so came to adopt similar attitudes over time.

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