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Me, my self and my Avatar: some microsociological reflections on "Second Life"

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Geser, Hans

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Corporate Editor Universität Zürich, Philosophische Fakultät, Soziologisches Institut
Abstract "More than most other web applications, Second Life illustrates the potential of the Internet to amplify the fragmentation of human personality by inducing a manifold of 'dummy identities' strictly dissociated between each other as well as from the piloting core personality behind the screen. In contrast to partialized offline identities as they emerge as correlates of 'crossing social circles' (Georg Simmel), they transport only cues that are consciously intended and that are permanently amenable to intentional change. It is speculated that such 'distributed personhood' is functional for freeing personal presence, interpersonal interactions and social memberships from the limitations of time and space, but that it has disintegrative effects which call for counteracting face-to-face interactions." (author's abstract)
Keywords Internet; computer-mediated communication; personality; interpersonal communication; virtual reality; identity; identity formation; self-image; self-presentation; interaction; social behavior; self-control
Classification Sociology of Communication, Sociology of Language, Sociolinguistics; Interactive, electronic Media; Social Psychology; Personality Psychology
Method descriptive study; epistemological
Free Keywords Avatar; Persönlichkeitsentfaltung; Second Life
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
City Zürich
Page/Pages 15 p.
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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