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Boundaries of Self and Reality Online : Implications of Digitally Constructed Realities (Hardcover)
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As we continue to develop interesting and exotic technologies, we are not only influencing society and ourselves but are also glimpsing into the very nature of reality. Implications of Digitally Constructed Realities examines the idea that technological advances are moving us in multiple domains towards various "edges." These edges range from self, to society, relationships, and even to the very nature of reality. Boundaries are dissolving and we are redefining these elements of identity. The book’s exploration starts at the macro level with social action and its relationship to virality; at the ultimate macro level, the new conceptualization of reality, emerging from digital physics is covered. It then moves to the micro level with considerations of relationships and notions of self online.
Topics include the ways in which the Internet is expanding society, culture, and interpersonal relationships; self-disclosure and disinhibition; and the nature of reality and its relationship to consciousness.
- Examines how human behavior and human relationships are changing due to the internet and the integration of social media into our lives
- Explores excessive connectivity as a sociological event
- Reviews the disinhibition effect
- Considers the concept of self when integrated into video games
- Addresses concerns of addiction and the game transfer effect
- Discusses the implications of virtual reality mimicking waking reality