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Post by somedeadidiot on Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:36 pm

Are social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace acceptable excuses as compared to retro communication, such as phones and hanging out?
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Post by Cjanz on Thu Jun 25, 2009 3:02 pm

No, because they can never replace the connection made by physical interaction. They're merely devices of convenience for easier communication, not better communication.

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Post by Donald Williams on Thu Jun 25, 2009 3:23 pm

I concur with Cjanz, I believe that physical interaction is an irreplaceable thing in this world. There is no way social networking can emulate the range of feelings that occur when a person is in the physical presence of others.

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Post by somedeadidiot on Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:00 pm

However true that may be, Ben, one may argue that people are more expressive about their feelings on the internet than in real life, whether these feelings be poetic or destructive, people are more apt to be "themselves" when you don't need to worry about physical interaction.
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Post by Donald Williams on Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:08 pm

But is that healthy? Nowadays people are becoming shells of who they really are in person and then venting it out online. Instead of meeting their problems head on, they suppress their anger and then exxxploddee on the internet.
Also, last time I checked, the majority of jobs around the entire world still require physical interaction. If you limit yourself in person, it will have long lasting effects throughout life.

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Post by JakeTheSnake on Fri Jun 26, 2009 9:44 pm

Facebook taps in to the deep hidden desire among all people to constantly know what everyone is doing and thinking at all times.

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Post by Taylawr on Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:29 pm

I think internet communication causes much deeper misunderstanding and miscommunication than face-to-face interaction. I think every word of everyone is being analyzed very closely, because there is no physicality to add to the equation and the words are seen, not heard.

On the internet, there is no inflection of voice, no facial expression, no gesture of the hand... it seems less like speaking to a human and more like conversing with a raw soul. And the person's mannerisms and animation are left to interpretation.

I believe the internet good means of expressing oneself creatively, because it already causes a person to be seen as abstract and mysterious, but as for communication, no. I do not prefer it.
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Post by somedeadidiot on Sat Jun 27, 2009 4:05 pm

I've found that once you know how a person normally acts, you can better communicate with them on the internet. You'd be able to imagine their voice and their gestures.

Perhaps there's some sort of skill to internet communication?
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Post by VioletVenom on Fri Jul 03, 2009 5:45 am

They're just another way to keep in touch with people really. People are more accessible through them.
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Post by Cjanz on Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:08 am

You know, everything regarding how well you get along with people online is completely true. We're all much more personable online, and it's simply easier to talk to someone in that manner.

The downside to this is that it shows a sort of inability for many people to deal with face-to-face confrontation. It even gives people a reason for being more reclusive. Now, I'm not saying that being reclusive is a bad thing, because some people are naturally less confrontational. All I'm saying is that social networking, by whatever means, has fed the desire for us to escape actual human interface. Anyone who uses the internet is subjected to this, so it's not something to shun or be hypocritical about. It just sets up this question of, how well-versed would we be in regards to actual interaction if the internet had never been invented?

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