Sherry Turkle stated in "Aspects of the Self" "MUDs provide worlds for anonymous social interaction in which you can play a role as close to or as far away from your real self as you choose." (Turkle) My question is are people's lives really that miserable that they want to be somebody they are not? I am very big on social networking. I am an active Facebook and Twitter user, but at the same time I would never fake an account on one of these sites. Sherry Turkle discusses all the positives of being somebody your not such as getting away from society for a little and being able to use our imaginations. But what about the creepy adults who use it to talk to little children? Like this for example.
Children as young as 11 years old are now damaged for the rest of their lives because of creepy adults pretending to be somebody their not. But if you asked Sherry Turkle about this article she would probably say, "Creating screen personae is thus an oppurtunity for self-expression, leading to her feeling more like her true self when decked out in an array of virtual masks."(Turkle) Well these adults are sure expressing their true feelings and now they have ruined two innocent girls lives forever. This world is too scary now to be talking to somebody that you do not know because we have no evidence that the person we are talking too really is who they say they are. Social networking is a great thing because we are able to receive information before television news reports it and it is a great thing being able to connect with friends who we cannot see on a regular basis. But the problem with social networking that it is so easy to join and make an account that there is no proof that the individual is truly who they appear to be, especially on Facebook and AIM. We were taught at a young age to not talk to
strangers, well we are never to old to take this advice when it comes to social networking.
This AIM experience really taught me that it is so easy to pretend that you are somebody else. It is mind boggling to me hearing about people who have fallen in love through social networking. The other negative of computer chatting is people's social skills decrease because there is not enough interaction through human contact and too much through a computer. People are so comfortable talking online because they do not have to see a person's reaction in person. It disgusts me when people pretend to be somebody they are not online. There have been too many incidents of adults ruining childrens' lives. When somebody tries to be somebody they are not it shows they are not happy with their own lives and would rather be somebody else. With all the evil out there in this world it is not worth talking to somebody that you have not met personally. Social networking is an amazing tool if people use it in the right way, but it is those few individuals who make social networking a scary world.
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