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The ways in which we act, interact, speak, read, think, and negotiate urges and goals online are remarkably different from the ways in which we handled these activities offline.
Together, these traits combine into a “whole new you.” However, unlike other experiences that pretend to deliver this transformation but are hardly transformative, the Internet is, indeed, fundamentally changing us.
ALSO BY ELIAS ABOUJAOUDE, MD Compulsive Acts: A Psychiatrist’s Tales of Ritual and Obsession _VIRTUALLY YOU The Dangerous Powers of the E-Personality _Elias Aboujaoude, MD W. NORTON & COMPANY New York • London Copyright © 2011 by Elias Aboujaoude, MD All rights reserved Names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of all individuals whose stories appear in this book. Video games, “smart” phones, and i Pads all share important features with the Internet, and all illustrate to varying degrees the psychological processes and real-life consequences that are the subject of this book.
As a Stanford medical student during the dot-com years, I was keenly aware of our campus’s role as technology incubator for nearby Silicon Valley, and often marveled at the Internet’s power to attract fellow classmates away from the “certainty” of medicine and into a career in an unknown new world.
This evolution, to the point where we are now born online as someone rather different, live abundantly there, then die and have a legacy to worry about, is, I will argue, sometimes happening at the expense of our offline life and evolution, and our overall psychological equilibrium. Although I had never contemplated the digital hereafter, I have, for a long time, wondered about what it means to go online.
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