One of the most frequent arguments I had with my mum during my teenage years was about my constant video gaming and lack of social skills. She would want me to go and interact with something more than my computer screen and these ‘stupid games,’ little did she ever realise that I was doing something so much more than interacting with ‘stupid games.’ She never understood my games were social experiences for me as I was playing games with my friends, I was interacting with real people and she was just blinded by the medium we were using.
Cyberspace is where I prefer to live, like most of today’s youth I have spent hundreds of hours online developing my online persona. Hours have been wasted playing MMO’s like World of Warcraft and Neverwinter however; there have been numerous amounts of friends made from all corners of the globe. This is something I found my mother and most of the older people I interacted with didn’t understand. Writers like Lessig have written about how people over 40 really don’t get that it is able to have a life on cyberspace and in the real world. To me it seems like they just can’t grasp the concept that the avatars in games have just as much of a life as I do right now; they see them as pixels on a screen. I swear to you my level 60 Rouge on Neverwinter is more than just pixels to me, he is me, but like a cooler more badass me.
Cyberspace is the best thing to hit people like me. Through cyberspace I have become friends with the majority of my own friends because we have similar interests. It continues to help people meet new people and allows them to interact when it is impossible to meet in person. So mum, before you yell at me to be social again, please think about what I am actually doing when I sit on my Xbox or PC.
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Lessig,L ‘Four puzzles from cyber space’ L.Lessig Code Version 2.0 (2006)