This article is part of the meta-post Dreams defined or how New Orleans will be put under the microscope. This article is the second in a series that examines the problems with heavy internet usage and its consequences.
In today’s Globe and Mail, there was an interesting article on the usage of internet and socializing. People who use the internet for more than an hour a day socialize less. Naturally, they haven’t thought or considered the people who spend 12 hours or more on the internet via MMORG’s or Second Life.
Steven Streight from Vaspers the Grate pointed out to me last night that there was an interesting bit of an Australian show on YouTube. After some research I found the video that he was talking about. Here it is, it’s quite interesting, especially when they interview the woman who spends more than 12 hours a day in Second Life.
And also from Steven Streight, his view on blog psychosis.
How do you know if you’re at a crazy person’s blog?
Or, how can blogging drive someone insane?
The atmosphere of narcissism that is embedded in the act of thinking, then typing, then posting a text to a blog is the same as in spoken conversation.
But the blogosphere records blog posts, so many people can read these inscribed thoughts and see these images, long after they were produced and published by the blogger.
Leaving a long chain of self-assertions, which we politely call blog posts, a trail, a stream of sporadic consciousness, in the blog realm is indeed different from spoken utterances. The distinct qualities of the blog enable certain sorrows to escalate into radical disturbances.
If, by looking back on your earliest posts, and following your mental coherence as manifested in subsequent posts, all the way up to the present, you feel you may be in trouble, don’t worry very much. Although there is no cure for Blog Psychosis, at least you’ll have plenty of company. Pass the creamer, please.
Some of these pronounced departures from mental health, induced by blogs and blogging, are described or manifested in so many other blogs, I will not trouble the reader with intricate analysis of them. Suffice it to say that Blog Psychosis occurs in five (5) major categories or states.
5 Majore Areas of Blog Psychosis
(1) Blogistically Defined Ego: Spending too much time reading or writing blog posts, due to being obsessed with a blogistically determined self worth. The non-bloggy portion of the personality is being diminished by the erupting diarist identity.
(2) Discombobulated Blog Identity: Inability to be your bloggy self outside the blogosphere, resulting in a split personality, both of which are largely in the dark about the rapidly deteriorating dimensions of normalcy.
As blogger: you’re funny and aggressive. Outside blogosphere: weak and inarticulate.
You’re unable to resolve the conflicting selves, so you sell yourself short and engage in clinking or other social network delusions.
(3) Bloggy Ultra-sensitivity: Aberrant over-reaction to comments, lack of comments, TTLB ecosphere slidings, RSS subscriber mutiny, or shunning by other bloggers.
This is the pinnacle of over-blogging, the grand height of blog-induced pomposity, from the dizzying heights of which the blogger feels euphoric and elated, soon to succumb to the crash of ego-deflation in the real world.
(4) Blog-phantasmic Ordeal Syndrome (BOS): The emotive attachment the blogger feels toward their blog, and their blogger friends, is disfigured, due to exo-blogospheric turbulence, and takes on an insurmountable weight, because the blogger would rather deal with the endo-blog reality. You see this when all the blogger talks about is self, company, family, or ideology, all of which are falling apart due to negligence.
(5) Blogotonic Catastrophe: A more advanced stage of BOS, the blogosphere, and the blogger’s imagined status or achievements within it, have now become the only thing that matters anymore, and it shows.
Health declines, clothes are soiled and tattered, and nobody comes over or calls anymore. When friends did visit, the blogger bantered vocally for a few minutes, but soon goes back to blogging, forgetting the presence of physical visitors in the room.
This can often be understood as an unrecoverable error, there being as yet no remedy for such an extreme disassociation from normalcy and consensus realism.
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This post is part of a series on the Dangers of The Internet.
- The Problem With Second Life
- Blog and Internet Psychosis
- World Of Warcraft Addictions
- How to Manage MMORG Addictions, Testimonials, Tips and tricks
- Information Addiction
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It is also part of the meta-post Dreams defined or how New Orleans will be put under the microscope.
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