Virtual polygamists will we become, well maybe I need to back up and explain my curiosities here are anthropological in nature as Facebook™ as well as other social-media is redefining the communal constructs of our world much like the wall structures which bounded the cities of biblical times. As these edifices where intended to protect the inhabitants which lived within its confines, it however also excreted another unintended influence. As on the inside of the city “walls”, social networks formed as people were voluntarily “corralled” in the name of protection.
However what protected them from the outside also reshaped the “inside” as the restriction of movement force new levels of cohabitation by lowering personal space which drove the creation of new social circles. These in turn reshaped their “norms”, leading to the creation of “laws” which in turn drove a commonality of updated “mores” within the population. Even in today’s modern cities without the physical walls, they still have a demarcation which leads to the same effect and drives a difference in residents “norms” which explain why Joe Urban and his Country Cousin see things differently.
Today Facebook™ the juggernaut of the social darlings is the new “cyber-wall” which is creating the same effect as while not physical in nature as a protective city wall of the time of antiquity. But by providing for a commonality via creating a “bounded community” (only those who are members get in) for the virtual members who cyber-exist within its confines. This new community brings with it an additional twist as without a physical incarnation of our persons we find that unlike first person situations, the level of inhibition on-line is decreased. Whereas casual conversation appears to escalate quickly to become “cyber-foreplay” if you will as people position them-self within new cyber-relationships.
Much like in the days of Bill Clinton, “internet-man” has yet a greater struggle with the definition of “sexual relations” leading many people to fool themselves that there isn’t such a thing as “cyber-cheating”. As it seems to be a popular belief as “what happens on-line stays on-line” and hence wonder if with “norms” such as these forming if Facebook™ isn’t destine to be viewed as the next Sodom and Gomorrah? As in biblical times they were the twin cities which became known for their impenitent sin. However as an outsider looking in on the face book revolution, doesn’t one see a version of “cyber-sin” on the rise as one of the things the good book says is “thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s wife“, however if we read some of the cross posts on members pages. One has to say “Wow there looks like a lot of cyber-coveting going on” and who is this Bob guys posting these comments on your Facebook™ page about a wild weekend get away ?
Without question Facebook™ is reshaping many of our sociological “norms“, so the question is how will this spill over from the cyber world to the physical? Will the relationships of tomorrow be the same as we know them today, or will there be physical monogamy with virtual polygamy? If so will this spell a viral implosion loop for Facebook™ as people may back way because of this, or will it adapt and reform (or maybe transform) itself?
Or is the question will society adapt to Facebook™ which is the greater power of the two as many say Facebook™ is too big to fail, too much is riding on the interconnections it brings and the communication channels forged. Also with its multimedia appeal it also fulfills a primordial need of man to be a voyeur as you can live “vicariously” through your connected channel of “friends” and their “friends” without the fear of them feeling you peering through their windows at night.
Either way the viral loop spins for the venerable Facebook™, as Aldus Huxley wrote “we are facing a brave new world” and whether we want it or not, its on the way…