When Social Networks and Virtual Reality Collide: What Kind of Future Should We Prepare Ourselves For?

When social media first began to gain the momentous popularity that it enjoys today, the psychologists trumpeted the dangers. Words like “alienation,” “narcissism,” and “ withdrawal” popped up in the headlines. They cautioned us, but we steamrolled ahead, and now our path has lead us on a collision course with the kind of reality that once only existed in science fiction. Social networks and virtual reality are joining forces, and it could permanently shift the way in which humans perceive and … [Read more...]