NETWORK SOCIETY: Support in the network, its attractiveness and the risks associated with it.
Łukasz Koperski 1 1 - Zakład Badań Problemów Społecznych i Pracy Socjalnej, Instytut Socjologii, Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu MAeS 2015; 16 (2): ICID: 1172756 Article type: Case report IC™ Value: 1.80
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The growing importance of new technologies and the virtualization of the space of social
life is pushing almost every sphere of social functioning onto the Internet. This transition
also applies to an area of providing and receiving assistance, online counselling, manifested
in the form of, inter alia, online psychological help, online support groups or blogs,
is an attractive form of establishing relationships between people in similar situations.
The Internet allows to share experiences regardless of the constraints of time and space
while maintaining anonymity. In the conditions of mediated communication individuals
are willing to bestow greater sympathy and trust. Nevertheless, online support is not free from dangers. Risks associated with communication on the Internet may be due to both
the misguided patterns of the Internet usage of an individual (addictions, difficult physical
and psychological development) and defective relations with other users (fraud, cyberbullying,
invasions of privacy, the risk of misunderstanding).