Social networks, Internet correspondence — specific, “high-tech” ways of modern commmunication — are actively used by young people and well-educated middle-aged people.
The film “Caught in the networks of loneliness” — is an attempt to shed light on the problem of interactions between those people, who have chosen such a way of communication.
People have always been writhed under the problem of loneliness. In the old days people sought for and found consolation in religion, and friendship — in personal contacts with each other by trial-and-error method. In our modern world the possibility to make personal contacts has considerably decreased: a person is restricted by a desperate attempt to survive in a metropolitan city, trying to comply with a busy schedule “home-work-home”. One of the most efficient ways to liberate oneself from these “networks of loneliness” is … Internet, “world wide web». Is it possible for a modern person to make friends or find love with the help of a computer and how does it really work?
The main character of the film — “an average resident of Russia” — is a young divorcee, who lives with her child in a small provincial town. She works in an office, every day suffers from the deficit of spare time and finds it impossible for herself to get acquainted with a man in the street. Through an example of integration of this woman into the world of Internet, the filmmakers enlighten new Internet users, step by step illustrating all stages of Internet assimilation, giving statistics data, using animation, providing experts’ comments, and telling about the “Internet adventures” experienced by public figures and famous people. At the end of the film we are going to find out what comes out of “virtual acquaintance” of our heroine.
Besides, we are going to talk about the risks connected with Internet communication. The filmmakers are going to introduce viewers to a “dark side” of virtual communication. This refers to harmless jokes and serious financial crimes. Based upon reliable experts’ opinions and revelations of “victims”, the filmmakers give valuable advice concerning the ways to get insured against real, but not virtual disasters.