Despite round-the-clock social networking and a lively interest in events of national historical significance, the virtual rebel has little to show in real-time for his — or her — engagement. Victor Tsilonis, editor of Greek journal Intellectum, recommends taking some air.
Contrary to the widespread belief — mainly, but not exclusively, of the 50+ generation — the virtual rebel is a common figure and not at all rare among the youth. Scientific studies have shown that the personality of the virtual rebel has certain features, independent of sex, which doesn’t actually matter.
The virtual rebel is 20 to 40 years old, better educated than his or her IQ (i.e. his academic degrees are more numerous or of a higher grade than his IQ would suggest), and has at least one computer and probably two: one at the workplace and one at home. He or she has one or more social network accounts (Facebook, Myspace or Twitter, most of whose names are quite funny when translated in Greek) and, regardless of the language he or she speaks, be it Greek, Hungarian or Celtic, enjoys using foreign, English names, which have better impact on his or her cerebral cortex.
Finally, rather than using classic web-browsers like Internet Explorer or the “Fox on Fire” (Firefox), he or she doesn’t hesitate to try new web-exploring programmes with impressive names such as “rockmelt” or the suggestive “flock”, which helps the virtual rebel maximize his or her participation in the social networking “revolution”.