Breaking Down – Social Aspects Of The Net

21 01 2011

It seems like it is general human nature for people to group up. You move out into the world as you get older and you see that there are certain things that you respond to and others that you really do not care all that much for. Other people will share similar and as well contrarian values, viewpoints, and
opinions. You will, obviously, wish to align yourself with those that share your inner values and share roughly the same view of the world as you do. With technology, this has been easier than ever to do. You are able to, with a few mouse-clicks and a few hits to the keyboard, cancel out and steer clear of
any opinion that you yourself do not hold. You can be constantly surrounded by opinions that are in direct concert with your view of the world. While this may seem like a good thing initially, there are dire setbacks here, as sometimes a dissenting opinion can make all the difference in the long run.

As we have said, the Internet makes it easier than ever to customize your view of the world. Within that view, within your sort of digital clique, there might be some hostility towards others. This sort of hostility can breed (and sometimes be caused by) certain stereotypes. One of the most enduring
stereotypes about technology users is of the lonely nerd, whiling away on his computer at all hours of the night. A new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project states that prime Internet users can be and quite often are social both on and off the web. It is with cold hard facts and diligent research that we might be able to see truth and cast away harmful assumptions.

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