Author Michael Bugeja writes: “‘Friending really appeals to the ego, where friendships appeal to the conscience” (p. 107). Yet, many scientists are hopeful that people understand the difference between “friending,” forming virtual links, and “befriending,” forming real connections.
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In this week’s reading material, the following philosophers discuss their views on this topic: Aristotle, Kuhn, Turkle, Greenfield, Bugia, Smallwood, Block, and Teilhard. Make sure to incorporate their views as you answer each discussion question. Think about how their views may be similar or different from your own. Please answer both of the following questions:
- Present your viewpoints about whether scientists are correct in stating that most people do see differences between virtual friending and real befriending. Is this an important distinction?
- After reviewing the Stanford piece, how do online friendships stand up, ethically speaking?