Don’t worry, this is a different angle. It just so happens that as I was searching for pictures to use in my previous blog entries, I found a couple that triggered certain ideas to sprout in my mind. Hey, whatever works, right?
Actually, this could be a good thesis topic if only I was in the field of psychology. But alas, I am in the Organizational Communication course, so this will just have to be a blog post.
The title of this picture is: Computer kills personality.
In a way, this is one effect of the internet (or computer) on its users. There is no question that a lot of people have become enamored with the internet. They spend more time with it than any other program. They make it their friends.
Some people are so fond of it that they forget to have a life, they forget to have other interests, other friends. Thus; slowly, but surely, their personalities become computer-dependent, artificial vegetables that cannot move farther than an inch from their screen.
Now this one is called: New Personality.
Notice how the former head ejects as the body reaches for a new and improved one?
Many do find new personalities in internet. These new personalities are usually the ones that they cannot act upon in actual life. Because of the pseudo-anonymity that the digital world provides, people are braver in showing their hidden attitudes, beliefs, and world views.
Also, these new personalities are usually the personalities that individuals really want to embody. The picture says it all: this is who they want to be. These are the roles that society may have denied for them, so they are fulfilling these roles in another kind of society, which is, the internet.
This particular photo reminds me of a horror movie that I watched as a child. I don’t remember it though. Child’s play? The Haunted? Anyway, it involved a very creepy child/children/children’s toy.
I don’t remember the exact title of this picture, but I remember the artist’s description of it. He said that it reminded him of a person who lost his personality when the internet is lost. So again, this is a picture that depicts the personality’s internet dependence, though this is to a higher degree than the first one.
Ten years ago, none of us would have imagined that the internet and social media would have this much effect on a person. Ones personality is one’s core it defines who you are. So for the internet to be able to influence it this much just goes to show how ingrained the internet has become in our lives.
Soon, the internet’s effects may go beyond our personalities. I cannot imagine where that is. However; I definitely think that it is important that we recognize these effects, and use them to our advantage, instead of allowing it to rule over us.