“According to Dr. Elias Aboujaoude, a Stanford psychiatrist and author of Virtually You, The Dangerous Powers of the E-Personality, immersive 3-D will only be the latest manifestation of technology’s heavy role in our social lives and well-being. “To some degree, this has already happened with the Internet and social media,” Aboujaoude says, “where we can have a ‘full life’ [online] that can be quite removed from our own.” It is possible, however, that virtual reality may drastically change a person’s social and emotional needs over time. “We may stop ‘needing’ or craving real social interactions because they may become foreign to us,” Aboujaoude explains. “It doesn’t mean that they can’t make our lives better; it means that we, as a culture, are no longer aware of them and of their positive effects on our lives, because we are so immersed in virtual life and have been for some time.” He compares this change to the one experienced by digital natives, whose perception of a healthy social life has been shaped by platforms like Facebook and Gchat.”
“When I spoke at TED in 1996, reporting on my studies of the early virtual communities, I said, “Those who make the most of their lives on the screen come to it in a spirit of self-reflection.” And that’s what I’m calling for here, now: reflection and, more than that, a conversation about where our current use of technology may be taking us, what it might be costing us. We’re smitten with technology. And we’re afraid, like young lovers, that too much talking might spoil the romance. But it’s time to talk. We grew up with digital technology and so we see it as all grown up. But it’s not, it’s early days. There’s plenty of time for us to reconsider how we use it, how we build it. I’m not suggesting that we turn away from our devices, just that we develop a more self-aware relationship with them, with each other and with ourselves.”
Aboujaoude in Kim’s article says that virtual reality will obviously affect our social lives and well-being. This has kind of already happened with social media because we can have a completely different life online than we have in the real world. Virtual reality could change what someone wants or needs. We might not want real world interaction anymore because it is not what we’re used to in online world. Social networking sites have changed our generation’s idea of good social life than other generations who didn’t grow up with the internet.
Sherry was saying that when the internet has just begun to spread, we were using it in a kind of self-reflection way. At that time the internet was just a tool, it was not enough to form a complete alternative virtual world to the real world of. But not what it was, and now the network is not just only a tool, but our virtual life partner, a partner can substitute reality partners. We were drawn to him. This immense virtual world gave us a lot that real life can not give us. With the popularity of the network, we are now able to switch freely in both worlds without any self-reflection.
Kim and Turkle both have the same point that the virtual world (social media, video game, online life) began to slowly replace contact and relationship between people in the reality. This is not to say that the virtual world is necessarily bad, but that we need to take self-awareness to use this virtual online world. In fact, many people know and worried that one day the technology or the internet will replace all contacts between people, but we still can not do without it. Just as we now need to use internet and computer to do this project. The network is essential with the development of civilization and technology. We can’t deny it brought us convenience. But we must know that the direct communication between people is the most fundamental culture of civilization.
Kim, M. (2015, February 18). The Good and the Bad of Escaping to Virtual Reality. Retrieved from http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/02/the-good-and-the-bad-of-escaping-to-virtual-reality/385134/
Turkle, Sherry.(Feb. 2012.) “Connected, but Alone?” Online Video. TED Talks. https://www.ted.com/talks/sherry_turkle_alone_together?language=en