“Virtuality” is a concept in philosophy. The term was first put forward by French thinker Gilles Deleuez. Deleuez use the term “virtual” to something that is ideal(not real) in real world.
Today, In this 21st century the word virtuality is common between everyone. Especially for the “Digital natives”(those who born from the past two decades who are more familiar with digital technologies than analog mechanics),virtual world or say cyber world is part of their life. All the accessories of digital world like mobile,computers,tabs support virtuality. Internet plays a major role in promoting cyber space.
“Reality” is the state of things as they actually exist , rather than as they may appear or might be imagined.
Reality includes everything that is observable or comprehensible .we are living in the real world hence we can say our life itself is a reality as it is real and is not ideal.
Is virtuality a threat??
- The present generation so called “new gen” including me are strict addicts of that virtual hero called internet and its elements.This includes all the internet activities like browsing ,chatting,gaming etc…
- These are essential, as it help us to gain knowledge,relation,communication etc..in short internet and other social medias plays an important role in moulding us.
But seriously thinking or just say, analyzing the present us.the questions arise:
- Are we destroying the reality by being in virtuality?
- Who is the master? The real “Me” or the Virtual “It”?
- Is virtuality dominating the reality?
- Am I a virtual hero or a real hero?
Use of virtual tools are necessary in this present generation,but addiction to these is really diverting us, giving as a duplicate character or just say a mask to our real character.
Let me share my experience regarding this. I was born on 1997,in Kerala ,India. Time when LAN-phones where the major communicating tool. Even though there was internet discovered, but was not common. I was born in to a joint family called “MAVELY Family” When the classes get dispersed, we use to ran home just to reach first in the pit. As the rule of our cricket follows FCFS (First come first served) system in batting. Game changes according to the season.In summer we play cricket, In winter football. The best time I would say is Rainy season,where we got in to rain. Swimming was the main item during rainy season as canals were full with water. Those days of greenery, Where all talk face to face.Enjoying each second of liveness!!
But for past few years things are not compromising. all are busy wit some thing. we rarely play, laugh and talk. All were through communication apps and through SMS.I too was addicted to social medias like watsapp and facebook. My behavior just get altered. I Start to get frustrated very fast ,got angry on silly things .I spend a lot of time in social medias.I lagged in talking to my family members.even, I was not able to talk to anyone by looking in to their eyes.Seriously,for parents I was just like an alien.I forgot all the manners and social ques that my behavior supports, instead I was becoming some one else.
I was not having any sense to this till Last Easter(celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead). It is because, may be i was just flowing with the new world. Easter changed me a lot. As for Christians, preparation for Easter includes 50 days fasting(Fasting is a willing abstinence or reduction from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time.) and when all took fasting on non-veg, I took it for social media. It was bitter for first few weeks but later I got control on myself. Woww!! Those days were amazing I felt very energetic and fresh. I felt freshness for everything.I felt the same liveness that i was missing for many years.Thank God, those period helped me to find another angle and lead to this blog.
Just to think..
- Cyber space is an area for interacting through an ideal means. It is an another world.it is a virtual world which is entirely different from the real world. It is the beautiful creation of some awesome brains.
- All the things in the virtual space(every online activities) is separated from real world. because both are two different areas. cyber space is an electronic world and we belongs to real world.
- The one thread which connect cyber world to real world is “chatting”. Through chatting we can communicate to anyone in any part of the real world. so we talk through virtual space.Thus we can say chatting links both virtual world and real world.
Is chatting realistic?
For instance, let us take the one of the common chatting tool called whatsapp .
- Well, I am chatting with my friend Robert through whatsapp. What is the guarantee or assurance that the person to whom I am chatting with, is Robert ?What if I am cheated?The name indicated as Robert to me in my chat box, but what if I am chatting with Robert’s father instead of Robert or say to some other friend of Robert? I think this is one of the major reason which lead many to suicides as they were cheated.
- Whatsapp is a tool which help to maintain communications and relations between friends,relatives,cousins, etc..But actually, as the communication gap through cyber space is reduced. automatically, the communication gap in reality increases. This is an inverse proportionality.We forgot the communicating style in real life.This is the reason why the young generation are less reactive when a difficult situation arises.
- In cyberspace social medias give us an identity.Our identity in Facebook, twitter, blogs, etc..make us strong and famous among social medias.In Virtuality we are becoming more popular. What is the case in reality? The person who gets 1k likes in facebook or any other social media, Does he/she have 1k likes in his/her real life?Being good in social media is temporary action, But being good in life is permanent.
- Virtual space is a created space and if we are addicted to this means we are merging to this space and a mask will be automatically hiding our true personality.And this mask which is not real ,never take as to success in life.
All social medias are good and is essential for a person to survive in today’s world.But just give a limit line to everything. While spending too much time in virtual space. Just think, raise your head and look through the window.