Early this morning I found myself on the Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Solent talking about “virtual pets”. They’ve come a long way since those early Tamagotchis! They had asked me to take part as I am an Internet Psychologist and they wanted the low down on the psychological implications of having virtual pets instead of real ones. I think they were a bit surprised when I pointed out the massive benefits of virtual pets and why children and the elderly should have them. The manufacturers and web site owners of online pets are missing a real trick; they are targeting young children, girls, for the most part. Yet, there is a huge untapped audience of people over 65 who would really benefit and warm to online and virtual pets of all kinds.
Graham Jones is an Internet Psychologist who studies the way people use the online world, in particular how people engage with businesses. He uses this knowledge to help companies improve their online connections to their customers and potential customers and offers consultancy, workshops, masterclasses and webinars. He also speaks regularly at conferences and business events. Graham is an award-winning writer and the author of 32 books, several of which are about various aspects of the Internet. For more information connect with me on Google+