Scary Places on the Internet!

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What has become very clear from my experience both on True-Friends.org and Second Life that some people are finding them very scary places because they have to actually socially interact with people on both of the said social networks!

This does highlight one major flow in modern man world over with ease of communication now modern man has lost the basic social skills we all once had to a point they are lost when they are faced with a real social situation even on a social web site.

How this situation actually happened is still a mystery to me but it could be due to a large part people spend more time at home in front of the television watching the world rather than interacting with the world itself. Add to this children now spend more time indoors either in front of a television or playing games on computers or games consults rather than actually going out and playing with other children as they did in my day.

I think this has produced a generation which are socially stunted incapable of actually holding a proper conversion with someone and it really shows in the way they talk to someone or more like they now talk at someone rather than listening to each other.

All this further exasperated by a media which encourages a shallow society which is more concerned with trivial matters than real social interaction between people. Even social networks like Facebook encourage such reactions between people nowadays.

So I should not be surprised when modern people when confronted with a real social web site, for example True-Friends.org or Second Life they are totally lost or scared as they really do not have the social skills people like myself were taught when we were younger.

And what do they do? They run away like all modern people from something they do not understand rather than learn something new which could be potentially very useful and rewarding to themselves!

Lost in the Virtual Wilderness!

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The past few years there has been unprecedented expansion of social networks on the internet which only a few people have cottoned on to what is actually happened while a large majority of people are totally bewildered by it both young and old.

Most people who use these social networks think they understand what is going on but singularly to fail to comprehend the true nature of these social networks as a global and public phenomenon. I suspect that is because most of peoples experience of socialising is on a far more local basis.

I am from a generation which grew up before the rise of the internet and social networks when we made friends and acquaintances close to home either through school, work and pubs. We had to get out and about to actually make new friends and the such. So to the large majority of people my age and older are totally mystified by the internet and social networks in general to a point they can regard them as not being real places.

Of cause there are those my age who have realised what is happening and embraced it totally or waking up to the real possibilities of social networks though it helps we come from a times of big change ourselves.

But what does worry me is the fact surprisingly some of the so called younger generation who grew up with the internet and social networks still do not get the fact that these social networks are global and public. It is as if they still have a very local and closed view of their world and little real comprehension of the wider world around them as we had some 30 years ago.

This to myself this is very perplexing indeed and very sad but not surprising with the media culture which surrounds everyone now which tends to give a very distorted picture of the world. It tends to be less informative and not exactly encourage a global view of the world.

I also suspect that over the last decades, especially here in United Kingdom, there has been a major shift from the community to the individual in people’s attitude which has lead to some alienation of people who now live individual lives rather than a life within a community. This has really not help the younger generation as it has made them far too self centred with very few actual skills to live in a real community.

So in my view it is not surprising that the younger generation has no concept of the global world and community which sounds them. This is really highlighted in the way they interact with the various social networks in a very self centred way not realising they are global and public.

One positive thing which has come out of these social networks is it allows people to form new much needed communities which is sadly lacking in the modern world after all we humans are social animals which is something we should stop denying!


Please note: If want to see my second life journal then go to the Journal of a Spectral Traveller.

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