Scientists study "life online"

    The latest issue of the New Scientist scientific journal has published several articles under the general heading "Live Online." One of the articles contains an analysis of the effect of social networks on society . According to the author, in some people, the psychology of behavior is changing under the influence of the Internet. Figuratively speaking, they used to reason like this: “I had some kind of emotions, and I want to call a friend,” and now the psychology has changed: “I want to get emotions, and therefore I have to call.” Due to the intensive use of modern means of communication, a person now has much less opportunity to be alone and calmly sort out his feelings.

    Technology forces us to instantly share our emotions, as blogs, IM pagers and other means of communication stimulate constant communication in real time. The worst thing is that because of this, some people may have some emotional dependence on the Internet.

    Another article in the scientific journal on the disappearance of privacywhile living online. In fact, if you study a person’s blog, his friends, and his personal profile, then almost everything can be learned about him. Even if a person tries to maintain his privacy, uses a pseudonym, tries not to give real names and company names - even in this case, various details of his life gradually appear over time. Millions of people bare their souls on blogs and social networks, and there are more and more such people.

    In fact, the authors of the articles in New Scientist are not scientists at all, but publicists, well-known experts in this field. Together with two articles, one literary work was published. Cyberpunk classic Bruce Sterling wrote a futuristic essay “I saw how the best minds of my generation were destroyed by Google”. This story also speaks of a thoroughly Internet-based society in 2026. In his usual style, Sterling describes in detail the picture of the future. Twenty years later, every object in the real world is tagged with radio chips, described by tags and tracked via the Internet. Virtuality has swallowed the world and turned it into a matrix. All social relationships are digitized. Even cyber goth girls communicate exclusively online. Privacy no longer exists. At the federal level, a ban has been passed on the sale of aerosol cans to teenagers, but they still mine them and mark all the walls in the city with the names of their favorite pop idols George Orwell and Aldous Huxley. This is the only way they can protest.

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