Sherry wrote:For me, discussion forums had the opposite effect that what the person said above. I wrote some very short posts, I also wrote some great long efforts. It gave me the inclination to start a dialogue with people. To express myself and to read them in return. To explore avenues and other aspects of life I had not thought to yet consider. A whole can of worms.
Sherry wrote:When you feel part of a community also, its a great thing. To be able to log in and see people you know writing. Its a good feeling. And you want to keep going with them, to know more, to read more and to converse.
mohumbhai mania wrote:I think conversation died when books and television were invented.
It's just been lurching around like a verbal zombie since then.
closet jemainiac wrote:well said, OFT!
I agree and can relate quite a bit to the misfit/outsider description.
I do wish that face to face conversation would take after civilized forum discussion though...but there is always the advantage of "ruminating" on something for a bit before posting where as face to face is fly by the seat of your pants kinda thing....at least people tend to treat it that way.
mockingbird wrote:I hate reading information about other people's lives without actually being in contact with that person. It's so impersonal, and then I run into them at the grocery store or whatever and I feel like I know stuff about them that they don't know if I know it or not because they haven't actually told me about it.
mockingbird wrote:So, I can see how maybe if you only feel comfortable talking to people on the computer that might be a problem, but honestly I think if you feel that way then you probably don't have a lot of RL interations anyway and the computer provides a much needed social outlet.
As far as facebook, myspace and twitter go. I'm not really sure what to do with them. To me those don't lend themselves to expression the way a forum does, or even e-mail. I use twitter to blow off steam, flirt and mouth off. My myspace is for my art and to get information on bands I like.
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