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Love Online: Emotions on the Internet

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'This clearly written and dryly witty book, though avowedly a work of scholarship, is also packed with anecdotes and smart quotes, and displays an evident empathy for its keyboard-clattering subjects.' The Independent

'Love Online manages to present a fine combination of engaging reading, comprehensive research and stimulating philosophical debate.' Jerusalem Post

'How better to enhance the higher pleasures of philosophy than with the gratifications of voyeurism? Just such an occasion for compound joys is afforded by Aaron Ben-Ze'ev's charming investigation into internet affairs and their implications for the future of love, sex and marriage.' Philosophy in Review

Book Description

Computers have changed not just the way we work but the way we love. Falling in and out of love, flirting, cheating, even having sex online have all become part of the modern way of living and loving. Yet we know very little about these new types of relationship. How is an online affair different from an affair in the real world? Is online sex still cheating? Accessible, shocking, entertaining, this book addresses these and many other questions and will change the way you look at cyberspace and love for ever.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (January 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521832969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521832960
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Brown on April 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I thought this book was very insightful. I wanted to learn more about how people express affection on the internet. "Love Online" explained in a scholarly fashion just how the internet may encourage the kind of conversational yet increasingly intimate chat and e-mail that often gets people into trouble with their relationships.

Ben Ze'ev is a philosopher, much more so than a psychoanalyst. He is keen to demonstrate how the philosophical mores of the internet (independence, lack of censorship, etc.) break down the usual barriers to intimacy (shyness, vulnerability, truth, attraction, availability, etc.). Thus, the power inherent in internet communication fosters immense changes in traditional social relationships.

Ben Ze'ev reinforces the old adage that the mind is most sexual organ, while highlighting the ways the internet is conditioned to sustain romantic and sexual cerebral play. Once the communicators begin their online exchange, qualities that are most keenly activated among offline lovers emerge. However, the links between the two conversants remain tenuous and ephemeral. Out of this soup of verbal chat, IM, e-mail, web videos, and blogging, many of the real world circumstances that seem to contain offline relationship disappear. For instance, regarding marriage, the author describes in great detail how the internet may undermine a commitment by flooding it with illicit sexual and romantic communication without the knowledge or consent of both partners. Though emotional and sexual infidelity of this sort may be obvious to some, what is not so apparent are the mechanisms in the human psyche that make this so attractive and powerful in the first place.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Britta Bergemann on April 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is, quite easily, the best book ever on the potential lures of the cyberspace; a unique analysis of one of the hottest topics of our times.

The book should be of tremendous value for academics and the interested public alike. The analysis of emotions - online and offline - is based on comprehensive academic research and previous work done by the author (Ben-Ze'ev, A. (2000). The Subtlety of Emotions. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press; also available at Amazon), and is combined with insightful perspectives on the aims and ends of online relationships. The style of writing is analytically sharp, witty and poetic at the same time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Avellone on May 28, 2013
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There were a lot of neat ideas in this book, and it is definitely worth reading. My main complaint is that there was a LOT of repetition of many of the ideas. I think this book could be reduced to a third of its size and be more effective.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maria E. Oliveira on November 6, 2006
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I liked very much this book, because it's the most complete book about the relationships that occur in the Internet I've ever found. It's helping me a lot in my post-graduation course.
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