Since the beginning of time, Mankind has always had a need of home. The journey back home is the key element of Homer’s Odyssey. Odysseus (Ulysses) took ten years to go back home. His home was Ithaca.
But can home be digital?
Azy Barak, in his introduction to the edited book “Psychological Aspects of Cyberspace“, writes “the realm created by the Internet can be understood as a very new and, in many ways, unique psychological space. When they power up their computers. launch a program, write e-mails, or browse a website, people often feel-consciously or subconsciously – that they are entering a “place” that is filled with a wide range of meanings and purposes.
For this reason, the online experience involves many expression that convey the sensation of dimensions and place: “worlds, domains, sites, windows, rooms”.
But can this digital “place” be Home?
Barak wrote his introduction in 2007, when social networks, such as Facebook, were not as involved as now in the life of some people. Facebook now has more than 500 million active users. For some people Facebook is becoming an additional new kind of digital Home.
Perhaps it is not by chance that we load a “home page” of a Web site.