Relationshipsin digital spaces
Accordingto Turkle, the digital platform has provided us with a means ofconnecting with each other like in a chain that keeps us enjoined inour tiny computerized screens, tapping messages to keep the digitalconnection (18).Thisnew form of communication is again based on interpersonal interestand similarities just like are the case in the ordinarycommunication. The new phenomena breaches the traditional norms asthe internet becomes the main platform of digital communication andsocialization. This point of view led to her eloquent summary that“We expect more from technology than we expect from each other.”Yet, many people are much dependent on the modern internetcommunication to build up relationships and it is becoming the novelstandard in our modern digital era. This blog aims at establishingthe authenticity of the relationships in the digital space, and theirconnection to the offline relationship in the postmodern digital age.
Thepostmodern mode of interaction has been completely altered by thetechnological advancements across the generations as we people areadapting to seeking fulfillment to fill their iniquities from theweb. According to Turkle, people are using the web to create theirpersonalities, which are either true or extremely exaggerated (21).The way people are relating today online, present a case of anunhappy generation that has no time to interact one on one butcraving social acceptance, much to the detriment of the onlinefriends whom to a larger extent create an illusion of real closeness.In most cases, as Turkle cites, are instances in which people arehighly dependent on the social media as the trend is alarmingly onthe rise as people give the excuse of lack of time to adapting toabsent interactions (25). In most cases, our digital space has madeour interactions more of a bait as people have to keep on luringothers to their social imaginations, to conform to their socialneeds. This in the long run create the social space as a strongalienating social agent that keeps people hooked to the unrealinsufferable world of communication. According to Ellcessor,a significant degree of privacy and publicity have been breached asthe difference between private and public communication is slowlybeing eroded (16).
Nancycites that in as much as there are debate about the authenticity ofthe relationship in the digital space, relatingonline should not be seen as impecunious replacement of thetraditional one on one communication (29). This is because it onlyhas taken a new shape in terms of speed, timeline as well as othersocial modalities. These modalities such as sharing pictures, videosand other multimedia are helping to shape the relationship in thedigital space, as people are able to build trust, intimacy, becomeclose as well as become emotionally and socially connected. The newform of relating is based in the sense that with the busy schedulethat people have today, the threat of lack of social circles is veryhigh thus, the need for the comfort of acceptance provided in thedigital space. The only caution should be the knowledge that peoplehave the ability to create false personalities and thus, the trustgiven to such relationships should be limited until it is morepersonal physically.
Ellcessor,Elizabeth. "Personal connections in the digital age," byNancy K. Baym." TransformativeWorks and Cultures 7(2011). Print.
NancyBaym. Personalconnections in the digital age. Malden,MA: Polity Press, 2010. Print.
Turkle,Sherry. Alonetogether: Why we expect more from technology and less from eachother. Basic books, 2012. Print.