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Subject: Media
Type: Synthesis Essay
Pages: 1
Word count: 483
Topics: Social Media, Social Networking
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Virtual Interactions 

Over the past one year, technology revolution has altered the traditional methods of engagements. In less than ten years, people have shifted from the phone conversations to emails, visual chats, and even optical realities. Unlike the past, the current engagement strategies focus on a more digitized platform as opposed to physical and social platforms. Children who grew up in the late 20th Century enjoyed a subjective relationship with nature and immediate environment. Today, children thrive in a pre-conditioned digital system that assigns a value to visual skills as opposed to physical skills (Druin, 2009). Today, people have a virtual identity and personality. Faced with such a challenge, an individual must learn the vast virtual communication and integration systems as well as the rewards and consequences. 

Today, the social media platforms help to form a person’s virtual personality different from the actual celebrity. In other words, people have learned to create stable and likable characters in their social, technology-based platforms. While such an adoption does not change their real personality, it allows them to thrive in society by assimilation and association. In the attempts to keep pace with the changing trends in the virtual interactions, an individual must learn how to use these platforms for a beneficial personality. In the future, we will move to the virtual reality, digital currency, and mechanized interactions. At such a point, virtual personality will be more relevant than the physical interactions.

Last year, I read an article ‘Me, Myself, and My Avatar’ by Hans Geser. He argued that online communication allows people to achieve intentional controllability over their personalities. A different social media image can create a better or worse virtual personality. The article also pointed out that, people can achieve this by differentiation of the real personality from the intended social and virtual impacts. In the current society, we must thus learn to attach value to virtual personality, which often determines the success index in social and economic undertakings (Gesser, 2007). In the future, the need to study and control virtual personalities will be major determinants of quality of life. 

Response 1

Hello Shan

I want to commend you for a well thought post. I agree with you that in the future, the collection, storage, and application of data will affect the general business models. As people rely more on digital data for decision-making, people will require effective data skills to ensure that they become active participants. It is inarguably true that technology will soon characterize the entire data collection and analysis. Therefore, an individual should seek to learn new interface programs, become flexible, and follow the emerging trends. The insight is also applicable when setting up an effective virtual personality as discussed in my post. In the future, an individual will be more likely to achieve social and economic success by understanding and occasionally use data-driven decision-making and an excellent virtual personality. 

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  1. Druin, A. (2009). Mobile technology for children: Designing for interaction and learning.  
  2. Geser H. (2007, April). Me, Myself, and My Avatar. Retrieved from http://socio.ch/intcom/t_hgeser17.htm
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