Monday, November 24, 2008

Virtual World becomes part of Real World

It can be a huge self esteem builder in a world of virtual everything but actual nothing. It is as if everyone has become some sort of socially akward gaming nerd who doesn't know how to form sentences or witty sentences unless they have been way too thought out. The paxil, zoloft, and prozac obviously are not working and people want to have more facebook and myspace friends. I will not pretend that I am immune to this I might also have to seek professional help. The notifications are like news feeds from CNN but better I catch myself drooling when I stare at them too long. Just when I am ready to get off line and end my virtual life somebody starts facebook chatting me. After that I obcessively google myself with ever possible spelling possible to find what random people I don't know have written about me. Then I go onto Yahoo to read about 20 year old college students who just want a hug from a Panda because they are so cute. But maybe he was just saving himself the pain and suffering of a virtual life that takes place on youtube where all of your friends can put up videos of your favorite people being trashed out of their minds so that at least one person can be humiliated and then someone's mother can pose as a non-existent 13 year old boy that causes some girl to kill herself. All of sudden the virtual world has entered the actual world and it does have an impact. I read of someone committing suicide online as other people egged them to do so either because they thought it was a joke or because they just don't have any connection to their actual feelings. Only the virtual feelings were guiding them. In conclusion when you read this get up and go out that door and smile and wave at a complete stranger because we could sure as heaven use alot more of that.

1 comment:

Dan said...

Too many people have yet to learn that the "online" people they talk to are still human beings with emotions and problems like everyone else. It's easy for them to disconnect from basic compassion when they know they'll never meet this person on the street. That gives them the ability to say and do as they wish with a clear conscience and under the disguise of anonymity. The problem with this is that the virtual world is becoming an increasing part of the real world. 20 years ago, home computers were rare. Now we've got internet access on mobile phones and laptops. And if we don't learn to treat people decently, whether we know them or not, then we're going to see these problems increase, too.
I wonder how these people who encouraged others to commit suicide would feel if they had to see the faces of the friends and family of the victims. Is that what it takes for people to connect with the emotions of others?

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