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I’ve always wanted to visit London

Haha, you should totally visit!

I heard people are mean though

HAHAH. We are not mean... We are lovely. Some of us don’t smile


MY VIRTUAL FRIEND IS REAL


MY VIRTUAL FRIEND IS REAL forming an online friendship


TABLE OF CONTENTS/ [1]

Interact and communicate

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Virtual versus face-to-face

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Quality gained / lost

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Does it dehumanize us?

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As we progress into the digital age, the way people communicate is drastically changing. With the technologies we have today, one can find someone online with similar interests and likes instantaneously. This book is about the ideology of forming a friendship virtually. As part of my research, I found someone online to form a friendship through the context of the Internet. Communication includes: emailing, instant messaging, video chatting, and a joint blog. The documentation of all the interaction between us are compiled into this book form. *Note: We communicated within a span of 1 month (Oct 8 – Nov 8). This interaction is still in progress.


SIMON SOK - 21 Y/O KNOXVILLE, USA UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE - GRAPHIC DESIGN www.stripesarebetter.tumblr.com likes: design, photography, social networking, tech gadgets, sleeping

JADE LAU - 21 Y/O LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LONDON - BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE www.thelittleprincebelongstojade.tumblr.com likes: science, photography, fashion the internet, technology, tea & cakes


1. INTERACT & COMMUNICATE


WELL HELLO. MY NAME IS JADE.

Hi! I’m Simon

This is strange

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KNOXVILLE, USA


LONDON, UK

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relationships, and how we experience community? When and where is interactivity achievable, and when should it be avoided? Today, the ability to be connected to others through anytime, anywhere technology expands our sense of place, what it means to be social, and also reshapes how we experience community. The Internet has long been

Internet is not only the world’s greatest tool for con-

necting people to information; it is also the world’s

greatest tool for connecting people to people. However,

the more interesting question is: do innovations in

communication technology alter in any substantive or

measurable way the quality of our interactions, personal

contact and conversation with friends.1

of people, a super efficient means for staying in constant

the globe. In reality, what the Web is for millions

humans form bonds, connections, and relationships across

tion technology that renders geography insignificant as

promoted as the ultimate “human network”; a communica-


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Simon: 20:53:20

Jade: 20:56:48

Simon: 20:57:49

hey jade

Hahahah, it’s surprisingly

oh geez.

easy to ttype on a phone Jade: 20:55:15

Simon: 20:57:51

actualyy

thats late.

Hiiii! Jade: 20:56:50 Simon: 20:55:28

Simon: 20:57:57

LOL

do you have school tomororw?

are you on your phone? Simon: 20:56:55 Jade: 20:55:41

Jade: 20:58:29

Ohhh

nooope! I’ve graduated!

I got really hungry in the middle of the night...

Simon: 20:56:57 Simon: 20:58:38

Haha! Jade: 20:55:49 Nope

ohhh really? Jade: 20:57:00 I cant typw with one hand,...

Simon: 20:55:49 haha!

Jade: 20:58:41 I wish I had shcool!

Jade: 20:57:08 Simon: 20:58:48

=_= Jade: 20:55:57

Wait, so what do you do???!

Why?

Simon: 20:57:17 one handed typing takes

Jade: 20:59:18

Simon: 20:56:12

skills and practice

Lol, I’m looking for a job!

just wondering. i didn’t want you to type everything

Jade: 20:57:43

Simon: 20:59:50

through a phone haha

Hahaha, definitely have no

do you work at a photo lab?

skills at 2am..

because you updated about it

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Do you support interacting with random people online? %

Yes! Everyone I’ve interacted with online has been super creative and I loved seeing their work! I’d never see these if it hadn’t been for online communication. I even chat to friends I’ve made in MMORPGs on social networks such as Facebook and IM apps like Skype and PingChat. jade - oct26,10 - 21:16 <tumblr>

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eraction and enhancing offline relationships. The Internet would restore community by providing a meeting space

and crafty implementation of interactivity are often the

difference between successful and failing websites.

tiple perspectives, and mobilize collective action.2

about the Internet saw it as stimulating positive change in peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives by creating new forms of online int-

would promote open, democratic discourse, allow for mul-

ity, or is it all rosy? Early and continuing excitement

ammed in or kept out. It has been shown that interact-

commitment (between person and system). Good choices

limitations of space and time. Online communities

promise of interactivity? Are there costs to interactiv-

of interactivity. Interactivity can be consciously progr-

ivity accounts for attraction, motivation, openness, and

for people with shared interests that would overcome the

But do the genres residing on the web live up to the

Communication to and with computers highlights the role

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SCIENCE + DESIGN = USERNAME *Mitochondria = Science = Jade’s interest *Univers = Typography = Simon’s favorite typeface

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MOVE YOU PACKRAT

STFU STUPID MAGPIE

Jade: 21:22:15

Simon: 21:23:52

Simon: 21:24:59

I keep a lot of random crap...

its term referencing to a

HAHA

pack-rat that hoards/ keeps Simon: 21:22:20

everything

packrat? Simon: 21:24:07 Jade: 21:22:24

Simon: 21:26:03 Jade: 21:24:10

sorry to change the subject,

We use magpie here..

but what do you intend to do

Jade: 21:22:32 Lol, what;s a packrat?!

to it

I guess its an american term

TT there’s no room for it all...

Simon: 21:25:18 i guess its cause we are used

with your biomed sci degree? Jade: 21:24:15

whats your goal?

HAhahah Simon: 21:22:45

Jade: 21:28:26 Simon: 21:24:23

Well...I didn’t have one /

HAHA

I kept changing my mind and

Oh lol, I thought it was

Simon: 21:24:29

but then I THINK I’ve finally

some kind of toy

magpie sounds odd

never heard of that term?? Jade: 21:23:10

was being very indecisive decided on being a clinical scientist...

Simon: 21:23:34

Jade: 21:24:38

Haha

Packrat sounds odd.

Jade: 21:28:41 Which is based in labs in


relationships formed in cyberspace continue in physical

line “virtual” communities, it has become clear that most

Although early accounts focused on the formation of onl-

advent of the Internet as people move frequently and

Non-local community has been flourishing well before the

to-face meetings and make non-local ties more viable.

Online interactions fill communication gaps between face-

of its most used features is the provision of informa-

lie beyond their facilitation of interaction, for one

*Kawaii: “cute” in Japanese

Often said by characters in anime and manga.

Example: The new Hello Kitty is so kawaii!!

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tion: easily, wide-ranging, up-to-date, and at low cost.3

space, leading to new forms of community characterized sometimes far away. The possi-bilities of the Internet

ヾ(@⌒ー⌒@)ノ

by a mixture of online and offline interactions.

AHH, SUPER KAWAII!!


*

U NYE LOO LAY DOO?

*Do you want to play? In Furbish


Simon: 21:20:51 nostalgia!!! Jade: 21:21:07 FURBIES! Simon: 21:21:12 OH GOD. Simon: 21:21:18 THOSE WERE SCARY.

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70% tumblr

22% skype

6% email

2% video chat


The chart represents the overall percentage of communication achieved using different applications.

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2. VIRTUAL VS. FACE-TO-FACE


oh yeah, we need to set up a video chat session. is that awkward?

Lolololololol! It might be!

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sively multiplayer online role playing games, they do not describe the majority of people’s day-to-day engagement

the offline world. The practice of “friending” strangers in the online world has never sit twell with critics of computer mediated lifestyles.

others is baffling when you consider the preponderance

of evidence that actually compels a substantially

different question:is today’s technology-rich environ-

too involved in other people’s lives? The most robust

ment making us too soccial, too connected, and

for example, via chat rooms, Internet forums, and mas-

formed between people who do not known each other in

making us less social, caring, and involved with

bly, friends.1

we know – coworkers, classmates, family, and most nota-

primary into a medium for communicating with people

with the Web. For most of us the social Web has evolved,

While online only relationships continue to take place,

criticism of online relationships target the afflictions

The assertion that new communication technologies are

“No one knows about my secret identity.”

–Jade


Why not friend me on Facebook? Are you living a secret or double online life? How do you feel about the anonymous aspect of virtual friendships? %

Hahaha! Fuckyeahsecretidentities! Facebook is just more real life than any of the other social networking sites out there… I feel that it is more personal as it is connected to academics and employment and serious stuff and so I decided that I’d only add people I’ve met IRL… I even have a ‘diversion’ Twitter for any Internet savvy employers. Besides, why do we need Facebook when we have all the other sites! Anonymity is awesome, but I don’t think it exists much with virtual friendships because you kind of strive to get to know each other, maybe for virtual acquaintances; it does however let you start a fresh and I find it interesting to see how people portray me.

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Jade: 21:17:43 Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been knackered!!! Simon: 21:17:51 knackered? Jade: 21:17:54 Sorry Jade: 21:18:17 Hahah, is the a british term?! It means tired. Jade: 21:18:23 That* Simon: 21:19:24 Ohhh Simon: 21:19:37 all these terms are cool Jade: 21:19:51 Hahahaha Jade: 21:20:09 We are going to confuse eachother loooads?

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Jade: 17:32:20 How was the exam? Simon: 17:32:52 uhh... bad Jade: 17:32:56 Listening to Mariah Carey makes me =/ Jade: 17:33:05 haha WHY?? Jade: 17:33:06 Awww shucks. Jade: 17:33:12 I don’t know lol Jade: 17:33:25 It makes me feel all nostalgicky... Jade: 17:33:38 But I love it... Simon: 17:33:49 oh man... i was listening to 90s pop music today Simon: 17:33:55 spice girls and all Jade: 17:33:57 =D Jade: 17:34:01 Hahahha Jade: 17:34:22 I was listening to ‘zigazigAHHH’ in the pub yesterday..


SPICE GIRLS + PUB = ZIGAZIGAHHH!

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as well as self-testimonials about matters such as gender, age, location, occupation, and martial status. Additional elements that can influence this impression are less linked to pure linguistic aspects and can include the length of the message, the amount devoted to talking about oneself, number of opinions expressed, level of friendliness, the content of the message, strength

Online impression formation occurs in stages. First impr-

essions are formed based on very initial signs such as

the e-mail addresses or the screen names as well as on

the context of the online occurrence. As the interaction

progresses, more information accumulates: the sentence

structure, vocabulary, grammar, spelling, uses of capital

letters, typographical marks such as emoticons,

especially in an online context, raising the question

ponse, is a cue which is usually ambiguous to interpret,

message to the recipient. Online silence, or lack of res-

online message, referred to as a chro-nemic, carries a

Some online cues are non-verbal. The response time to an

of expressed opinions, etc.


h/o Simon: 15:31:26 ok Simon: 15:31:42 just to let you know, I’m in a room with others Simon: 15:31:48 I’m in like little cubical. Jade: 15:32:45 Hahah, it doesn’t matter!

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of if the ‘other’ chose not to respond, or if the sil-

Simon: 15:30:49

ence is a result of forgetfulness or a delay or possibly

Let me turn on video...

of a technical glitch. This chronemic non-verbal cue

Jade: 15:30:43

can result in strong negative feelings if interpreted

as intentional.2

1 video chat session = 41 minutes st


http://tinyurl.com/notawkwardvidchat


Sorry, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell you I was recording our skype session. simon - nov5,10 - 10:49 <tumblr>

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“What is your process?”


“What do you ‘What is your


How is face-to-face interaction different from online interaction? Now with video chatting features do you think it’s even necessary to see people face-to-face?

mean by r process?’…?”

%

Of course it’s necessary to see people face to face, lol, that’s craaaaazy! I rarely video chat with IRL friends because we prefer to meet up & do our chatting over dinner or something yummy! Face-to-face interaction is more interactive and it is easier to read someone whilst online communication is a little less personal but way more convenient. I think it’s easier to maintain a IRL friendship if you see that person from time to time, sometimes Skype just doesn’t cut it and you lose touch of each other. I’m not too fond of phone calls either so if I didn’t see anyone face to face they’d think I’m dead. jade - oct26,10 - 21:16 <tumblr>

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I love Lily Cole by Time Walker! -jade

ROTHKO -simon

Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss. I love the abundance of gold in a lot of Klimt’s work. -jade


DE KOONING -simon

Egon Schieleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; s self portrait. Reminds me of Vienna, I like the awkwardness and the strange colours. -jade

Who are some of your favorite artists?

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Not everyone, of course, is convinced that the Web is a

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The chart represents a timeline

ing friendships, and accumulating social capital. For some

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the very idea of virtual community is oxym-oronic. Can you

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3. QUALITY GAINED / LOST


Internet language barriers. Sarcasm doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work either...

sarcasm never works on the internet

Sarcasm lures Trolls.

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flexibility in presentation of stimuli than, for example, paper questionnaires or telephone surveys, one nonetheless cannot deliver stimuli that can be touched, tasted, or smelled via the web.

to set up a contrast with the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;naturalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; way that people

interact (i.e. face to face). The implied comparison

pits social cognition against research findings from tra-

ditional research. Is face to face really an ideal or Moreover, although one can deliver audio or visual stimuli, without special equipment one cannot receive

cesses be hois-ted as the standard or human behavior

optimum against which all innovations and new contexts

the ideal, or just an ordeal? Should face-to-face pro-

need be judged? Although the Internet affords greater

When turning to the virtual, we are naturally tempted

COLORS?

simonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite color


audio or visual responses from research participants. Although virtual interaction is possible in real time (e.g. in chat rooms or with instant messaging), face-toface social interaction, with all its non-verbal cues

1. That physical appearance has a less meaningful effect.

2. That people may behave different online than in a face-to-face situation.

3.That online there is a heightened level of ambiguity due to the lack of vocal inflection and facial expression.2

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and nuances, is not currently possible on the web without

one of jadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite color

adding specialized equipment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTfYdzYWRdk

*Thoughts people have while meeting someone online:

NO, COLOURS!


Jade: 14:18:16 So my colleague who is from Sri Lanka and probs around thirties was helping this lady with the self service digital photo kiosks. Jade: 14:20:39 And the lady was super demanding and annoying and so My colleague was like you can do a 24hr service and I’ll just get it printed for you in 2mins (to get her out of here) Simon: 14:20:59 Haha! Jade: 14:21:42 Yeah so my colleague goes bak in the lab and I had no idea about this beforehand

CHINGCHANG CHONG!!!

Jade: 14:22:22 The lady comes back and said in a really loud voice Jade: 14:22:48 ‘Where’s the little chinese girl with the bad teeth gone!’ Simon: 14:23:02 O_O! Jade: 14:23:02 (my colleague has braces)

Jade: 14:23:23 I was dumbstruck so I just stood there and went...’errr...’ Jade: 14:23:29 Hahaha Simon: 14:23:38 is she asian? Jade: 14:23:53 And then she looks at me and goes ‘do you speak English?’ Jade: 14:24:03 No lool! Shes from Jade: 14:24:09 trinidad Simon: 14:24:30 why did she said little chinese girl? Jade: 14:24:57 And so I was like ‘ I do indeed speak English and I assure you I’m the only chinese girl here and I’m not fixin my teeth...’ Jade: 14:25:19 (hahah no my coll is sri lankan and the lady was from trinidad) Jade: 14:25:34 So she is Asian looking. Simon: 14:25:41 Ohh


What sense of quality do you lose via online communication? %

I guess your judgment of someone is impaired if you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t read their body language. You have to rely on words on the screen or on posed photos. jade - oct26,10 - 21:16 <tumblr>

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...

http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=bEtnIRPmD7Q

TUBE MA

http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=CzhWLKt-p4A


What do you think the advantages and disadvantages are to online communication? %

PROS: Global interaction Meeting new and interesting * glitch: switching from 350p to 480p

people Gaining insight into cultures different from own. Great for the sedentary lifestyle. CONS: Element of trust is difficult to judge, the other person could be spinning a tangled web of lies and you would have no way to ascertain it. Dangerous, hurtful if you are naive, gullible, and sensitive.

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APS!

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communitychannel

disneykid1

corporalcadet

mememolly

kevjumba


YOUTUBE

Jade: 18:49:39 What are your top five YT channels? Simon 18:49:55 mmmm thats too hard. Simon19:00:27 communitychannel, disneykid1, corporalcadet, mememolly, kevjumba Simon 19:00:49 YOU?

paperlilies

Jade: 19:05:40 mememolly, communitychannel, disneykid1, corporalcadet, paperlilies, thewirrow, and juliansmith87. I used to love Meekakitty vids but not so much anymore =[

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ple interact offline, the supplement argument gives

the Internet by seeing it as radically changing how peo-

Where the increase and decrease arguments privilege

ties than for creating new ones. It provides a conven-

The Internet may be more useful for maintaining existing

telephone: important and pervasive but evolutionary.

the Internet’s effects on society will be similar to the

and then choose to meet them.”3

them; in virtual communities, you can get to know people

accustomed to meeting people and then getting to know

“In traditional kinds of communities,” he adds, “we are

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ient, affordable, and powerful supplement to telephone

*the distance of the linear line represents days not chatting

social trends. It treats the Internet as integrated

conversations and includes of minutes spent chatting.

this new technology less of a central role in shaping

The graph on the left represents our

and face to face contact.1 Rheingold discovered something

LONGEST CHAT TIME: 118"

into rhythms of daily life, with life online begin an

SHORTEST CHAT TIME: 6"

else that makes online communities distinct.

AVERAGE CHAT TIME: 48"

extension of offline activities. This suggests that

TOTAL MINUTES SPENT CHATTING: 432" (7' 20")


4. DOES IT DEHUMANIZE US?


hey!

whatsup?

hey

the internet is slow right now so i dont know if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting my messages

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quetions about whet-her its use is increasing or

person face to face? The Internet’s ubiquity has raised

uter, mobile phone, or gaming screen rather than a

is, a generation that prefers interacting with a comp-

people into an electronic herd of social recluse that

unique to the digital age. Is technology turning young

The ideal that technology will dehumanize us is not

in person communities and informed discussions.

argue that the Internet lures people away from their

in community and finding information. However, dystopians

ernet is providing new and better ways of engaging

decreasing social capital. Utopians claim that the Int-

jade’s scanned face

“Sometimes when I bored,

I look at my scanner and

decide to scan my face.”

-jade


Analysts have moved from seeing the Internet as an extizations and political activities affords opportunities

2) CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: participation in voluntary organ-

a motivated and responsible sense of belonging,

When people have a strong attitude toward community,

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ernal world to seeing how it becomes integrated into the

simon’s scanned face

they should mobilize their social capital more will-

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for people to bond, create joint accomplishments,

jade - oct26,10 - 21:16

complexity of everyday life. Here, we look at three

with new awesome people from around the globe -

ingly and effectively.1

from it, see inspirational things and interact

and collectively articulate their demands.

with the Internet because I always learn new info

forms of social capital:

become all closed and unsocial. I’m obsessed

3) SENSE OF COMMUNITY: social capital consists of more

all hours of the day then that’s crazy and you may

1) NETWORK CAPITAL: the frequency of social contact with

If you are literally staring at the screen

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Well, if you balance it all out then you’re fine!

than interpersonal interaction and civic engagement.

side of community.

Do you agree or disagree and why?

friends, relatives, and workmates. This is the private

Some say that the Internet dehumanizes us.

no way am I dehumanized.


may compete with other activities for time in an

decreased stronger offline interactions. The Internet

ernet enhanced weak online ties, it simultaneously

and higher depression and loneliness. Although the Int-

use was associated with lower social contract offline,

newcomers to the Internet found that high Internet

sonal alienation. For example, a longitudinal study of

decline in social capital and an increase in interper-

Dystopians argue that the Internet is fostering a

jadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s phone

socially interactive email and chatting online.1

Yet, oneway broadcast television is quite different from

ptive effect that reduced social interaction in the home.

Internet with the way that television has had an absor-

Some researchers see a parallel in the impact of the

from other interactions inside and outside the household.

about whether or not online time-sinks pull people away

inelastic 24-hour day. There are discrepant findings


Do you think it’s easier or harder to maintain online friends than real life friends?
Do you lose that dedication?
 Is it easier to dispose friends online? %

I think it’s easier to maintain a friendship online… if you own a mobile device with social networking capabilities! When you are addicted to your phone and its apps, it’s pretty difficult to lose dedication! I don’t think disposing a friend is easy at all… I don’t do that IRL so I don’t think I’ll be doing it IVL… the closest to

‘unfriending’ would just be drifting apart and not really having much in common.

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Useless fact of the day: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a geeky gamer who made a whole new FB just for iOS MMORPG businesses. Jade

Jade: 18:33:54 This is one of my faaaave games, most people are from the US, Philipines, Korea.. Jade: 18:33:56 http://itunes.apple.com/ us/app/the-world-of-magic/ id362464325?mt=8 Jade: 18:34:33 The poor games a bit neglected though =[ Simon: 18:34:46 youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all about the games!

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iPAD > MMOR

*MMORPG: massively multiplayer online role-playing game

YOU CAN BUY AN IPAD WITH THAT!!!!!

WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


PG Jade: 21:30:44 My friend wants to buy a virtual char in an MMO for $714!!!!!!!!! Jade: 21:30:47 Kill me now. Simon: 21:30:51 WHAT? Jade: 21:30:59 I KNOW! WTF. Simon: 21:31:02 wait what is that? Simon: 21:31:06 char? Jade: 21:31:12 Character Jade: 21:31:22 In a MMORPG Simon: 21:31:23 oh my god. Jade: 21:32:30 I know! I could buy a lot with that!!!!!!! Simon: 21:32:39 UH YEAH Simon: 21:32:46 like an IPAD. Simon: 21:32:47 HAHA Jade: 21:32:50 WTF!!!!!!!!

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sure, not all emotional reaction to computers is positive. Some of our reactions are negative. All too often we blame computers for misfortunes; we are very likely to accept fault or blame attributions to computers;

with weak ties of acquaintanceship at the expense of socially close ties. Weak ties provide new information and access to diverse networks while strong ties provide commitment, friendship, and supportiveness.1

the socially anxious) to develop the ability to build and

maintain relationships. In some cases, there may be a

natural transition from an online relationship to an off-

line association. However, for some people, this social Will this generation grow into different modes of using computers? At the same time, computers are tools

confined there and will not be generalized beyond the bor-

ders of cyberspace â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this despite the fact that some of

work life.2

and aggression toward computers has become a staple of

as models of mind and as objects to think with. To be

offline world as well. The Internet may foster contact

have social difficulties (e.g. introverts, neurotics, or

self efficacy, newly acquired through the net, may be

we are eager to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;think withâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Computers offer themselves

these surfers may wish to extend this ability to the

The Internet has a unique potential to assist people who

Jade: 14:40:54

Yeah, anyway that was my

longwinded stupid story!!


Simon: 14:41:14 thank you. it was entertaining

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Uh oh...7 minute left...

Jade: 19:28:40

Chat to yoou later!

Simon: 19:28:41

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Simon: 19:28:49

for what?


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SOURCES/ 1

Barry Wellman and Caroline Haythornthwaite. “The Internet in Everyday Life”. 2002

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Hamburger, Yair Amichai. “The Social Net”. 2005 Lau, Jade. 2010

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Watkins, S. Craig. “The Young and the Digital”. 2009

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