Just because something is different doesn’t mean it’s bad.
Technology is certainly redefining relationships. But that’s not to say that it’s destroying them. Technology has existed for centuries. But so have interpersonal relationships. And using the internet for cybersex does not replace someone giving you a hug when you’re sad.
Virilio seems to constantly understand the emotional side of humanity. His whole argument is based on the assumption that humans choose convenience over fulfillment, and that’s where I think he’s wrong.
We need each other. I, personally, would never let myself lose touch with other humans while I hid behind a computer screen. That is not a life, and Virilio gives no reason to explain why humans would want this.
He also explains how technology allows cybersex, which undermines the institution of marriage. I don’t agree with this at all.
Marriage is a branch of Religion. And Religion, like art, is the embodiment of the human element. Both have been around for centuries. We are in a digital age where almost anything can be created on a computer. But we still have struggling artists. You can download pretty much any show or movie on the internet, yet people still flock to the theatre.
Religion has been around since the beginning of humanity. And technology on earth does not replace concerns for the afterlife, or the soul, and I certainly don’t think it will just make people forget these things.