Originally posted by The_Alarmist2012
reply to post by Ian McLean
The truth can be liberating, there is no reason to feel inhibited here.
Sigh. Okay. I don't want to be rude or judgmental or seem to be trying to stand from a superior position. The reason I post at ATS is because I
find the members of this forum very open-minded and particularly self-aware. If the following thesis seems off base, realize I may be projecting
opinions and past self-analysis. So, in broad strokes:
The 'D-Ego' is a prison cell
The ubiquitous use of 'online avatars', to express things you normally wouldn't, is not psychologically healthy
It's a social sickness
endemic to our modern technological world. It can also be exploited as a form of control.
In the same way that, in the 20th century, mass transit led to the decline of closely-knit physical communities, in the 21st century individual
broadcast communication is leading to the decline of face-to-face intellectual interaction
Our thoughts, ideas, and opinions are being channeled through a media that is inherently controllable and deterministic
When communicating face-to-face with someone, there is nuance, emotion, and understanding that is impossible to capture though electronic
Relieving the urge to intellectually communicate via such media can actually stunt social growth
in an individual, by allowing a
somewhat-satisfying outlet. Just as the sexual urge goads many to find mates, intellectual boredom goads the development of social and conversational
skills. Via incomplete substitute, such fulfillment is being undermined
In a similar way to how polarized media opinions ('left' vs 'right') create barriers of understanding between people, the schism between 'real
life' and 'online' personality creates barriers of social cooperation
It's no wonder many 'Internet geeks' are considered social inept and loners -- the very media encourages such. It is the path of least
There. There's much more to this (I have been mentally composing a post on this for a while), but that's the jist of it.