Internet and the distortion of being: how does virtual life interfere with reality?

The internet has been occupying people’s lives every day. It has become fundamental for work, aid for education, important for the media and interaction between people from all over the world, and, more recently, it has become decisive in training and social behavior.

But, in addition to online entertainment, what impacts does life shaped by virtual standards bring to real life?

“We live in an era when the characters we take on social media are more prominent than our true personalities. We are becoming a generation shaped by the internet, in which opinion is more important than being ”, says researcher and doctor in neuroscience and psychology Fabiano de Abreu. “I have been studying for some time how the internet can affect society and the way we conduct our lives through it. I believe that today we live in a society that reveals itself on two sides: what we really are and what we are on the screen ”, he details.

For the specialist, the problem in this dialectic arises when we stop dissociating our true being from the created character. “At this moment when we distance ourselves from who we really are, there is a loss of reason, and we no longer have control over our own” I “, a very common behavior in narcissistic personality disorder (NPT)”, he warns.

Abreu also explains that narcissism, since it is already “installed in the human mind”, has full space to proliferate in society, making it increasingly superficial.

“We are wasting our own existence by not giving due importance to the passage of time. We are failing to produce something for ourselves, for society and spending time exhibiting an unreal image of what we are not and probably never will be ”, he adds.

Finally, the researcher states that this behavior has become a kind of “vicious cycle” that, in the long run, can be extremely harmful.

“An almost inconsistent competition, in an unreal world, in which the characters themselves let themselves be judged, in order to create an image that, for them, is more relevant than that of themselves. Because of this, they believe it is necessary to transmit a character, that is, a “farce” to others ”, he concludes.


Fabiano de Abreu Rodriguescolumnist TecMundo, is a doctor and master in Health Sciences in the areas of Neuroscience and Psychology, specializing in electrical properties of neurons at Harvard. Intel Reseller Tecnology Registration – Technology Specialist; IP: 10381444, specialist in neuroscience and artificial intelligence, hardware specialist. Member of Mensa, the world’s most intelligent people association. Formations in the areas of philosophy, neuropsychology, master in psychoanalysis, journalism, psychology, member of the Brazilian and Portuguese Society of Neuroscience and the European Federation of Neuroscience record PT30079. Director of CPAH – Heráclito Research and Analysis Center, main national scientist for intelligence studies and high IQ.

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