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The internet has infiltrated every aspect of our lives and we can no longer ignore it or get on without it. Reading everything I can find on the relationships between the internet and its impact on people behaviorally and psychology, I added Elias Aboujaoude’s “Virtually You: The Dangerous Powers of the E-Personality” to the stack. I have been pleasantly surprised by the volume and greatly rewarded for reading it. A psychiatrist, Aboujaoude aptly relates what is known about the effects of the internet on behavior and presents it in a way easily accessed by anyone. This is the first volume that I have come across that discusses, for example, the difference between the personalities and identities of persons deeply experiencing virtual environments. Psychological implications are covered from a number of perspectives. Aboujaoude admits that the internet and our “virtual selves” are here to stay. His book cautions readers to pay attention to the implications of these new relationships. This book is well written, an excellent orientation, and the reading of Teddy Canez is excellent. The only caution I would add is that this literature is nascent and formative in nature. Aboujaoude tells you what you need to know at this point. I hope he will follow up with other books and writings soon.
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This is one of the few books I had to force myself to listen to after the first chapter. It feels like a Luddite talking about how the Internet and everything related to it, from the iPhone to Facebook to Second Life to emails etc.
What I take from this book is the author looking down at Internet users, talking about virtual personalities attacking and taking over our real life personalities. Granted, some people are addicted, but the way the book is written, everyone with a Facebook account might as well be narcissistic, everybody who sends emails might as well be inconsiderate jerks and everybody who reads news online is isolated.
Full of outlier stories, the book speaks of addicts and socially troubled people in such ways as to make people believe that everybody online has psychological problems. Save your credit.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This is a really interesting book from someone who has clearly thought a lot about the subject. It's just a shame it appears to be narrated by a robot. Seriously, when I first started playing it, I thought they had used a computer and synthesised words, which I suppose would fit with the topic.
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