The rapid access to information provides the immediate gratifications people seek. The power of entering into a world filled with the material of one’s interest give cyberspace a great advantage over the unpredictable everyday life.
The individualized features of the web place each user in the front seat, creating the illusion of control. Even the word cyberspace (κυβερνοχώρος) hints to a sense of empowerment, a space waiting to be governed. Technology maybe has passed the stage of functioning as an extension of oneself and moved on to replace the “self.”
Control is the ultimate objective of most actions and decisions people make in an effort to prove themselves. The internet enables one to recreate his entire virtual environment, thus conquering his ambitions.
In the book, Communication and Cyberspace, there is a reference to how people tend to “measure” themselves. The computers’ memory and operating system define how powerful one may be.
The illusion of attaining further command over others is a feature very difficult to give up.
As a result, the nature of human interaction and relationships has been modified to fit into the standards and expectations set by online communication. It would be very interesting to examine the depth and types of relationships created among users.
Margaret Maria Roidi