Replacing Humanity (IMPACT OF INTERNET) !



In My Views Heavy Internet & computer users experience social isolation; it was found that the interpersonal lives and computer activities of children reflexively amplified each other. “Although the online world may appear to some as a substitute for interpersonal communication—a virtual sociality that provides only a false sense of connections .
The Internet is an extension of the real-life Narcissistic  Pathological Space but without its risks, injuries, and  disappointments. In the virtual universe of the Web, the  narcissist vanishes and reappears with ease, often adopting a  myriad aliases and nicknames. He (or she) can thus fend off  criticism, abuse, disagreement, and disapproval effectively and in  real time ? and, simultaneously, preserve the precarious balance  of his infantile personality. Narcissists are, therefore, prone to  Internet addiction. The positive characteristics of the Net are largely lost on the  narcissist. He is not keen on expanding his horizons, fostering  true relationships, or getting in real contact with other people.  The narcissist is forever the provincial because he filters  everything through the narrow lens of his addiction. He  measures others ? and idealizes or devalues them ? according to  one criterion only:
how useful they might be as Sources of  Narcissistic Supply. The Internet is an egalitarian medium where people are judged  by the consistency and quality of their contributions rather than  by the content or bombast of their claims. But the narcissist is  driven to distracting discomfiture by a lack of clear and  commonly accepted hierarchy (with himself at the pinnacle).
He  fervently and aggressively tries to impose the “natural order” ?  either by monopolizing the interaction or, if that fails, by  becoming a major disruptive influence. But the Internet may also be the closest many narcissists get to psychodynamic therapy. Because it is still largely text-based,  the Web is populated by disembodied entities. By interacting  with these intermittent, unpredictable, ultimately unknowable,  ephemeral, and ethereal voices ? the narcissist is compelled to  project unto them his own experiences, fears, hopes, and  prejudices.
Transference (and
counter-transference) are quite common on  the Net and the narcissist’s defence mechanisms ? notably  projection and projective identification ? are frequently aroused.  The therapeutic process is set in motion by the ? unbridled,  uncensored, and brutally honest – reactions to the narcissist’s  repertory of antics, pretensions, delusions, and fantasies. The narcissist ? ever the intimidating bully ? is not accustomed  to such resistance. Initially, it may heighten and sharpen his  paranoia and lead him to compensate by extending and  deepening his grandiosity. Some narcissists withdraw altogether,  reverting to the schizoid posture. Others become openly  antisocial and seek to subvert, sabotage, and destroy the online  sources of their frustration. A few retreat and confine themselves to the company of adoring sycophants and unquestioning  groupies. But a long exposure to the culture of the Net ? irreverent,  skeptical, and populist ? usually exerts a
beneficial effect even  on the staunchest and most rigid narcissist. Far less convinced of his own superiority and infallibility, the online narcissist mellows  and begins ? hesitantly ? to listen to others and to collaborate  with them.
With regards
Hemant Khurana (Happy)

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