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Facing reality

One of the latest new terms to hit the Open Dictionary is Facebook narcissism, where you make yourself and your life seem much more interesting and exciting on Facebook than in reality. It’s part of the ongoing process of new technology giving rise to new words and phrases, in order to allow us to talk about them with the same level of depth and colour as we do about anything else.

I find the implications of this one slightly disturbing, though, as it suggests that we are creating virtual versions of ourselves, that are somehow ‘better’ than the originals. It feels like we’re heading into some sci-fi movie where people give up living in real life, in favour of their online world (Matrix 4?).  It’s as though ‘second life’ is gradually creeping in and taking over – we’ll all be turning into our own avatars next!

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