If you do survey among young people nowadays, you will know that most of them are part of the virtual community. From Facebook to blogging. From chatting to playing online games. Many gadgets are created to make these community works properly.
I’m sitting in a food court at a mall (I become a mall-goer lately). I’m looking around and I see many people are using their blackberry, laptop or mobile phone to update their status on facebook, writing on their blog or chatting. How do I know? Because I am one of them and they seem busy typing up (from my observation).
Some say that joining in Facebook is a way of proving oneself that he/she is existing in the middle of the crowd. Even though is just a virtual community, it can connects many people from many different places at one time. We can update each other within seconds. Through facebook, we can find the long lost friends or childhood neighbors who had move to France … still, within second.
But for some other people, facebook is a perfect place to sell our privacy. By putting on the photos, updating our status every now and then or leaving comments at someone else’s account, we really sell our private life. Many of my friends refuse to have facebook accounts or even deleting their accounts. Well, everything is a choice… without having facebook accounts, you still have thousand opportunities to make friends.
Chatting through messenger is another story. Phone calls and sms are blended together in this activity. I found chatting is useful to me. I can share my stories with my friends in other countries and I don’t need to lose contact with them. The messenger providers also support the chatters with new applications, such as sending photos instantly, share files and make ‘phone calls’. It is really easy to be connected nowadays…
Blogging is also a daily need for many people nowadays. I am one of them. I made my blog to be connected with many people who have the same passions with me in psychology. I love to observe people – how they behave, how they fix up things, how they express their emotional state… But remember, I am an observer not a stalker! Psychology helps me a lot in directing my thoughts or other people’s when they share their thoughts to me. I can find the main theme in their long stories and extract the conclusion. I’m not saying that I am a good listener, but I’m doing all that I can. So, yeah … back to the topic, blogging is my way to express my thoughts and knowledge in psychology and also a place to discuss any topics in psychology.
For me personally, being an active member of any virtual community will have benefits of we can use them properly and for a positive purpose. But, it may harm you too. You will enjoy the fastness and the practical way of having virtual relationships with others and you forget on how to build a good relationship in person.
It’s just a reflection from me.