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The question is part of my thesis. It's not intended to cause any stirring or offend people. From my side, it's a honest question.

Why people spend so much time in a virtual reality, rather than trying to e.g. chat up someone at a coffee shop.
You used the words "silly" and "time-consuming". If you are at thesis stage and don't realise that those words represent personal bias and pre-formed opinions that could provoke an adverse reaction, then you may have a bit of a struggle on our hands.
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The question is part of my thesis. It's not intended to cause any stirring or offend people. From my side, it's a honest question.

Why people spend so much time in a virtual reality, rather than trying to e.g. chat up someone at a coffee shop.
Thats not the point, at least as far as I see it. This is not virtual reality. If you want to study that then get a gaming PC and dont use the Team Speak (ts3) and dissable in-game comments.

Chatting up a local at the coffee shop is extra dangerous. If you screw up, (especially if you are an Aussie) you will find yourself in the marketplace in a Bamboo cage being jabed by sticks for the rest of your life. Anyway if I was crazy enough to do that my Swiss partner would vaporize me using mind control from her office so as not to interrupt her work.

Sometimes when I open my mouth and speak Aussie with my son the whole cafe goes quiet... I know what it like to be a fish in a bowl of water.
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Old 08.01.2015, 12:44
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rather than trying to e.g. chat up someone at a coffee shop.
Er, have you seeen the coffee prices?!

But seriously, as it's for research, here are my cents (as in 2...)

First of all, I read this forum because I find it very entertaining. All the people on here are highly educated (or they would not have been let into Switzerland..) (well unless they are rich..) and this makes for lots of LOL banter (and I don't mean lots of love, older generation..)

Secondly, I can't dicuss driving tickets with Swiss people as they never seem to get any, and also they don't get driving fines.

Thirdly, I relate to the issues on this forum and often find really useful information (no.. really!)

Peace and Love (but please remember to use the search feature)
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Old 08.01.2015, 13:01
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The question is part of my thesis. It's not intended to cause any stirring or offend people. From my side, it's a honest question.

Why people spend so much time in a virtual reality, rather than trying to e.g. chat up someone at a coffee shop.
People like to talk to each other, we're highly social animals, but a forum has distinct advantages over e.g. chatting in a coffee shop:

- You can drop in and out of online conversations, and pick up where you left off after hours or days. For people with busy lives, this is an important benefit.

- Brits, in particular, are deeply respectful of others' personal space. Starting up a conversation in a coffee shop risks invading the space of someone who may wish to be left alone.

- Safety. No way am I going to start an in-depth conversation with a random stranger in a coffee shop. If I accidentally meet a woman-hating Nazi dog-strangler online, I can just block them. In real life, they could follow me home.

Also, its incorrect to describe a forum as "virtual reality". It's not virtual at all, any more than talking on the phone or communicating by letter are "virtual". You're being mislead by the use of computers, but they're just the method of communication. A forum is (largely) composed of real people talking to other real people.
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Old 08.01.2015, 13:05
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Also, its incorrect to describe a forum as "virtual reality". It's not virtual at all, any more than talking on the phone or communicating by letter are "virtual". You're being mislead by the use of computers, but they're just the method of communication. A forum is (largely) composed of real people talking to other real people.
And some of us don't even have an online persona. My views on here are the same as my ones in real life.
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Also, its incorrect to describe a forum as "virtual reality". It's not virtual at all, any more than talking on the phone or communicating by letter are "virtual". You're being mislead by the use of computers, but they're just the method of communication. A forum is (largely) composed of real people talking to other real people.
And some of us don't even have an online persona. My views on here are the same as my ones offline, face-to-face.
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Old 08.01.2015, 13:08
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And some of us don't even have an online persona. My views on here are the same as my ones in real life.
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And some of us don't even have an online persona. My views on here are the same as my ones offline, face-to-face.
Are both of your personas sharing a single account?
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Old 08.01.2015, 13:09
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I'm not a pro scientist. And English is not my first language.

Personally I think it's interesting how virtual reality provides more of an emotional home than real life.
If you're really trying to research the subject, perhaps you should design an experiment to test this hypothesis?

Personally I don't think it does, for most people.
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Old 08.01.2015, 13:20
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That do not provide any valuable substance to their real life.

Discuss!
EF among others serves as my daily newspaper. Any news not posted on EF is not worth my time
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Sure. I'm on the other side of the pond.

The thesis is about how virtual reality changes the perception of real life. And how it affects our brain and tactile ability.
Which pond, Atlantic or Lake Zh?
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D

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I have seen posts by mums with sick babies hanging by a thread. And seen the massive support/advice given by us in return. I do very much like the altruistic nature of helping others anonymously through the forum. It gives extra meaning to my life.

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The EF makes me laugh and smile. Being a loner and a "Stranger in a Strange land" it helps me get through. Geez I miss yachting on Sydney harbour...

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Lastly the EF is a place too where simpletons can disscuss the basics of how to navigate a shopping trolley through migros/coop and the checkout.

This exactly. I have been helped a lot with information and advice on this forum and have in turn tried to help others. And gleaned tons of information from reading the posts.

EF is certainly a place that makes me smile.
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Old 08.01.2015, 13:42
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And some of us don't even have an online persona. My views on here are the same as my ones in real life.
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And some of us don't even have an online persona. My views on here are the same as my ones offline, face-to-face.
It's not often the two of you are in agreement with each other
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... If you are at thesis stage ...
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...But seriously, as it's for research, here are my cents (as in 2...)...
I don't think OP refers to academic thesis or research, rather to her/his own argument
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I don't think OP refers to academic thesis or research, rather to her/his own argument
I really hope you're right.
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The question is part of my thesis. It's not intended to cause any stirring or offend people. From my side, it's a honest question.

Why people spend so much time in a virtual reality, rather than trying to e.g. chat up someone at a coffee shop.
tried that but could not find the groan/thanks button in the coffee shop....not so funny.
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It's not often the two of you are in agreement with each other
I posted the first and then realised that this forum is actually real life.
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Old 08.01.2015, 14:16
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tried that but could not find the groan/thanks button in the coffee shop....not so funny.

I tried to Red-blobby someone at a coffee shop.

Long story short, I'm now banned from starbucks
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Old 08.01.2015, 14:41
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Re: Why people love silly and time consuming forums?

This is quite an easy question to answer. You are either:

1. A relatively intelligent person that uses an online forum as a way to gather information quickly or communicate with likewise individuals using the medium of instant online communications

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2. An individual so devoid of intelligence or human companionship that the only way to attain some level of fulfillment is to write provocative posts that they know will solicit some level of attention.
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Old 08.01.2015, 14:47
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You're making an assumption that we don't personally know the other people on the forum.

Lots of us know at least a few.
Yep, just had dinner last night with some lovely EF members. Look forward to it each month.
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Old 08.01.2015, 14:53
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Re: Why people love silly and time consuming forums?

If you want to talk bollocks and listen to A-holes in real life, you have to arrange:
1) To meet them
2) At a certain place
3) At a certain time
4) Pay for drinks and/or food
5) Pay for travel to and from there

Far easier to go online.
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