The relationship between the cyberspace and the real-space cannot be visualized only by indicating link between spaces. Synthetic space is the one in which we live in. This new image can help us understand the in-depth idea of the internet common culture. Everyday millions of people from around the world started changing different concepts such as identity and interpersonal interactions. Many of the changes have resulted because internet users agree to the relationship between real and cyberspaces (Brook Pg 24, 2005). When the cyber and real space comes into interaction, cybernetic space comes into existence.
The concept of spaces can be learned from the locations of human beings on the planet earth. This concept has encouraged human beings to explore the world and find new lands. It has also spearheaded the development of new technologies which have rapidly changed our way of life. Spaces can be identified with the geographical location of a human being’s home. New technologies are enabling people to locate the exact coordinates for any location.
The use of sophisticated maps, satellites and other global navigation technology has assisted human beings in knowing their exact locations.
Culture has now accepted this practice which continues to fascinate millions of computer users. Global Positioning Systems which were originally designed for military application have now become commercially available as consumers are willing to pay huge amounts of money to know the exact coordinates for geographical locations. The use of such technology allows human beings to confirm the exact latitudes and longitudes according to their defined boundaries (Campbell Pg 44, 1999).
Cyberspace has come to redefine the concept of identification and location as compared with the real world.
It has bypassed the restrictions which are prevalent in the real world. Traditional definition of location Continents like Africa, Asia, Latin America and Australia were colonized by Western countries. Wave after wave of immigrants moved to these territories to create new nations. This led to the relocation of the concept of space. This definition of space is crucial for the identification of any nation. The idea of real space with geographical boundaries is a traditional definition which has been prevalent for many centuries.
This definition is however being challenged with the advent of globalization. People are spending a large part of their lives in front of computer screens which has enabled to define their location and identity. Cyberspace is redefining location, identity and space for millions of people. Cyberspace is now considered to be the real space for many people (Cloke Pg 52, 2005). Cyberspace has been defined on the basis of the internet which has created new opportunities for people. Cyberspace carries the advantage of being able to access it from any remote location with an internet connection.
This is an important aspect of cyberspace as it defines the relationship of the individual with the real world. Using the internet as a tool to enter cyberspace, human beings have changed their perceptions of life and identity. People can enter cyberspace freely as it creates an atmosphere of friendliness as compared with the real world (Heim Pg 32, 2006). Interaction between cyberspace and real space This concept of recreating also shows the overabundance of the influence of computers on human beings.
Virtual space allows the creation of psychological isolation which alters the differences between real space and cyberspace. Popular culture has defined cyberspace in a way with real space which has generated tensions. The increased use of the internet makes people socially isolated and depressed. They are also not connected with the realities of life. Some research contradicts the popular notion that connectivity with the internet can lead to the creation of a better life. Popular demonstrations make the users believe the connection with cyberspace produces a good quality of life (Hyde Pg 41, 2000).
Real space is being redefined by human beings as new concepts and technologies challenge the way of life for many people. The internet is an escape route where a person can access another virtual reality which is free from the constraints that are imposed on them in the real world. The ideal cyberspace is postulated to take the user beyond the authenticity of the real world. The world of cyberspace lacks the emotions which are present in the real world which accounts for the psychological problems in some individuals. It changes the relationship of human beings with the real space (King Pg 102, 2002).
Recognition is the crucial element which defines humanity and its relationship with society. The continued existence of individuals in the cyberspace leads to the changing of the emotional relationship with the real spaces. This creates a psychological impact in the form of social isolation and depression. There are other consequences of the relations between real space and cyberspace. Some argue that accepting the virtual world is better because the real space creates numerous boundaries and obstacles for the growth of humanity.
Features of cyberspace This creates a tension between cyberspace and real space. This tension can create questions about the boundaries and obstacles of the real world. Cyberspace is more personal and friendly because it does not have the boundaries and obstacles of real space. It does not require visas while traveling to another country. A person can visit the websites of any country which would be impossible in the real world. The real world would require numerous obstacles and boundaries for a person who wants to visit the international galleries.
Another benefit of cyberspace is the low cost of news which reaches individuals across the globe (Kraut Pg 69, 1998). The perceived benefits of cyberspace make us rethink about our relationship with the real world. Eventually the preference of cyberspace over real space or vice versa will have to be resolved because of its huge impact on society. The solution will have to consider how real space and cyberspace interact with each other. Cyberspace and real space creates an opportunity for the creation of new spaces which are generated and created by human beings.
It is also important for the exercise of power inside communities. The relationship between real and virtual space creates relations which have added to their own power by the development and design of new technologies (Pacey Pg 55, 2006). Connections between the real and cyber worlds are being established because of these new technologies. E-business has for instance transformed the way business is being conducted in the world. Virtual institutions have replaced the traditional institutions for trading and business over the internet. Virtual spaces
Virtual spaces are collections of people who have created their own nations inside the internet. Global capitalists have for instance used technology for their own benefit. New spaces are critical to the creation of cyberspace. It analyzes entire systems, their complexities, and hierarchies within the context of change. These spaces are being created as entire systems have cyber and real components (Batty Pg 53, 2004). Cyberspace consists of the traditional and essential elements of the physical world. The complex relationship with the physical world can be analyzed and examined using the tools of cyberspace.
Real space in the physical world is the tools which determine the conditions of social life. The construction of practices becomes more powerful as they are found in virtual reality where authority and control are less conspicuous as compared with the real world. Hackers for instance can create chaos and havoc as they use malicious tools and viruses to take control of other computers. Elements of real space like location, nationality and movement are less important in cyberspace because communities live inside them without physical boundaries and obstacles.
Identity is generated because of the allegiances in cyberspace, which have the links with the real world (Boyle Pg 15, 1997). Some of these allegiances are deeply rooted in cyberspace. Cyberspace has allowed diasporas of people to create their own communities and virtual nations where they can express their ideas freely without the threat of reprisals from governments and authority. The internet has created a notion of cyberspace where the changed perceptions of space and technologies have created the need to move into cyberspace.
Web documents are used to display the content available on cyberspace. This can also be accessed using cell phones and other related technologies. Technology has transformed the experience of living in cyberspace (Jones Pg 65, 2003). Technology has been crucial to the creation and success of cyberspace. Cyberspace has concepts which create links and connections between the real and virtual worlds. The internet can be analyzed from both ways because human beings want to comprehend the consequences of living in a cyberspace setting.
By focusing on cyberspace, humanity can perceive the behavior that occurs as a result of continuous interaction with virtual reality. This behavior can be used to analyze the literature on cyberspace which creates real space (Jones Pg 52, 2003). The relationship between the cyber and real worlds is being redefined as people are studying the consequences of people living in cyberspace. Cyberspace carries its own set of advantages which are not present in the real space. Impact of Cyberspace
Recognizing the differences between real space and cyberspace will allow the creation of new research and goals about the internet and emerging technologies. These technologies are being generated to improve the lives of people and to ease their access to cyberspace. Researchers are beginning to study people who spent most of their time online which is directed towards understanding the behaviors which they display. The idea of space in the traditional definition means any given point on the globe. The location defines the interests, habits, customs, religion and other social behavior of the human being.
The advent of cyberspace has changed and challenged these traditional notions and definitions. The idea of space has become the main focus of human culture (Jones Pg 53, 2003). Cyberspace has transformed the idea of location as people using the internet can obtain access to a different world simply by clicking their computer screens and mouse. New technologies have rapidly allowed people to conduct their lives on the internet. People now use cyberspace to conduct trading and business, read news, watch entertainment, send emails, or live in virtual chat rooms.
These virtual messengers and chat rooms have created new communities which have common beliefs and values. People now have virtual friends as they have good friendships with people living in cyberspace (Kahin Pg 111, 2006). However psychologists have been warning of the isolation and depression which accompany people who live in cyberspace. These psychological problems have been studied extensively by the researchers. Emotional and mental problems which occur in people due to their continued interaction with the internet is being studied and researched by professionals.
Conclusion Technology has rapidly challenged and changed our traditional way of life. The advent of the internet has changed the lives of millions of people. The traditional concept of geographical locations and space has been transformed with the advent of cyberspace. It has also changed our identification as the anonymity of the internet allows individuals to create any identity (Kalakota Pg 12, 2004). Different names can be created according to the requirements of the virtual community. Users can engage in multitasking as they flip back and forth between programs.
The internet has also allowed users to become comfortable with their real life identities (Kling Pg 21, 2006). These personalities are aware of one another and they create entire persons. Cyberspace enables people to explore different behaviors and aspects. New technological innovations have rapidly facilitated the possibility of people connecting to virtual spaces where the concept of identity is significantly different than the real world. Human beings can interact with both the real world and cyber world.
For instance if someone uses a website to obtain instructions to a location in the real world, this means that the human being has used both spaces to create his or her unique identity. Research continues to be conducted on the way human beings are interacting with the real and virtual worlds. The creation of identity is important because cyberspace challenges the traditional notions of identification. It highlights how research has begun to study the psychological problems which have emerged in people who remain connected with cyberspace while ignoring the real world.
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