Society in the Virtual World
Is today’s virtual world really preparing for the end of society and family? Have people become so fed up with informal institutions like family, marriage, kinship that they have lost faith in these institutions, or are these social institutions unable to properly discharge the roles they were created to perform? Information revolution and technological development have created an artificial world-A world where nothing is real, everything is virtual.
Artificial societies, artificial humans, artificial relationships, artificial emotions, artificial intelligence, artificial beauty and even artificial life. As a result of this, living with virtual objects, man is getting away from real life. Everything in the virtual world is temporary, even social and close relationships are becoming temporary and artificial. Use these relations as long as they are useful, when they are no longer needed, end them. Actually, today life has become as easy as a click on computer.
Everything you want is delivered to you with a single click. It can be said that the new technology i.e. computer, smartphone etc. are such people of the modern world who are ready to fulfil the orders of their masters as soon as they express their desire. The only difference is that the Djin of the past used to be only in the stories of grandmothers, whereas today’s modern Djin has become an integral part of the real world. The social scientist Habermas has also said that due to the unexpected progress in science and technology, the importance of reasoning is given day by day.is decreasing.
Now man’s rationality does not motivate him to move towards the goals, but only helps in accumulating the means. The result of this is that the modern technology made by man has made man himself its slave. Unfortunately, modern man is beginning to consider himself more independent than before, while the fact is that he is becoming more dependent than ever. It would be pertinent to mention here an incident of some time ago. A newly married couple from Assam signed an agreement after their marriage ceremony. In the contract, both of them stipulated certain conditions, such as eating only one pizza a month, always saying yes to homemade food, wearing a saree every day, agreeing to party late at night but only with each other, going to the gym daily, Sunday morning Breakfast to be prepared by husband, shopping every fifteen days etc. It is astonishing that there is so much artificiality and mistrust in the relationship that the need for a written settlement is felt!
Yet again, there was an incident in which the bride and groom, while taking rounds in the marriage ceremony, talked about such a contract according to which they would live together for six months and if they did not, then they would get separated by mutual consent without any legal proceedings. There was a time when marriage was considered a sacrament and sacred bond, today the same institution called marriage has been marginalized in modern society. It is the gift of the virtual world itself. Two-three years ago, a Chinese scientist made a difference in the world of medicine and research by claiming to create twin girls with genome-modification technique.
I was stirred. This scientist claimed that such designer babies would be safe from infections and serious diseases like cancer. Babyclone is a new revolution in the field of artificial intelligence technology (AI). It is difficult to say what kind of challenges tampering with natural activities can create for human life or how babies with genetic changes can affect future generations. That’s why this question finally compels one to think that what kind of world is emerging where there is no marriage.
A mannequin for sexual desires, a robot for comfort and a silicone baby are becoming people’s choice. That is, a virtual world where nothing is real. From marriage, husband-wife relationship to children, everything is fake. Another perplexing example is the virtual world. Earlier this year a virtual world was created for the marriage of a young man from Tamil Nadu. In this, a virtual character of the deceased father of the groom was created who can also bless the bride and groom. Simultaneously, virtual avatars of the bride and groom, their friends and relatives were also created. To attend the marriage, one has to move from the real world to the virtual world. How ridiculous that choosing to join a dead society (the imaginary world) while still alive is not living in illusion, so what is? In this technological world, even death-defying technology has emerged.
What a misfortune that human beings are eager to ignore real relationships and give up living real life in search of virtual relationships. The question is, in such a situation, what should be the definition of marriage, family, kinship and society? Sociologists will have to revise these definitions. Is today’s virtual world really preparing for the end of society and family? Have people become so fed up with informal institutions (family, marriage, kinship) that they have lost faith in these institutions, or have these social institutions been able to properly discharge the roles they were created to perform? Unable to get Social science researchers need to do research on these issues, so that there is a hidden cause-effect relationship behind them.
By knowing them, efforts can be made to solve them. Here a big question arises that if one uses such technology to fill any deficiency then it can also be accepted to an extent such as artificial heart, artificial eye, artificial hand and leg etc. But in spite of having real society and real relationships, if individuals are moving towards virtual society and relationships, then it is a sign of mental bankruptcy. As a result, a new type of psychiatry is being seen in man. cyber space online New classifications of personality and offline personality have been put forward which give rise to new forms of schizophrenia.
Here online personality means a person who is far away from reality. He spends his valuable time by staying online for unlimited time and goes away from social life or say real life and he starts looking for his partner and happiness in the virtual world itself. The question is whether virtual world can be a better option to escape the problems of current society and life. Is it? The answer would be, probably no. Then it is necessary that only the real society should be made liveable and ways should be found to deal with the challenges arising in it. Running away from a problem or challenge is not the solution to the problem, but trying to solve them collectively can be the only permanent solution. There is still time to stop yourself from being a part of this technology guided world. It is said that it is good if man controls technology, but when technology starts controlling man, his Existence begins to be challenged. Therefore, there is a need to replace the virtual relationships with the real world and real relationships so that this society can be re-lived and worth living.
The writer is Retired Principal and Educational Columnist from Malout Punjab
The writer is Former PES-1, Retired Principal, Government Girls Senior Secondary School Mandi Harji Ram Malout Punjab.