Features of Social Interactions in the Age of Real Virtuality from a Sociological Perspective
; Institut društvenih znanosti Ivo Pilar, Marulićev trg 19, HR–10000 Zagreb
Matea Milak ; Institut društvenih znanosti Ivo Pilar, Marulićev trg 19, HR–10000 Zagreb
Luka Strmotić Kuhar ; Gortanova 4, HR–10000 Zagreb
The aim of this paper is primarily to consider some basic concepts and their meanings related to contemporary social interactions, starting from the classical sociological concepts of social relationship and social interaction, and to see what is changing and what remains the same in the age of networking and “moving” to virtual space. In other words, we want to re-examine their form and content in an age without the necessity of the spatial dimension for a relationship, in which new forms and concepts occur, such as network, networking, virtuality, etc. The first chapter will show the meaning of social relations and social interaction, which imply those social relations in which contact/encounter or communication is present and which leads us to the concept of social interaction in the same space and at the same time. The topic of the second chapter is social interaction at the same time without space, when, with the application of information technology, individuals and societies enter the cyberspace of a new virtual reality. This leads us to the development of various forms of interaction on social networks, which is the topic of the third chapter. The fourth chapter discusses some of the risks and positive possibilities of virtual interactions over real ones.
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