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Old 08.01.2015, 14:56
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Re: Why people love silly and time consuming forums?

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

Long story short, I'm now banned from starbucks
They keep a year-round supply of red cups behind the counter for customers like you
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Old 08.01.2015, 16:19
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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 are assuming we can't do both.
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That do not provide any valuable substance to their real life.

Discuss!


Hello bellagio


Your question got me thinking. I wondered why you decided to call the forums "silly" when you are addressing the very members of those forums.


Would you write in the same way if you were asking football players why they were part of a "silly" team, or politicians why they are members of a "silly" parliament, or academics why they visit a "silly" library? I hope not, because I don't think it would be very respectful.


It would be a totally different matter, and much more polite, if you were saying that you, personally, had never seen the sense in playing football, being in politics or using a library - or using a forum - and were now wondering if the members could please explain to you what interests them, in those places.


Also, whether participating in or "loving" a forum does or does not provide any valuable substance to someone's real life... is not a sensible judgement for you to make (except about your self and your own real life, of course). You simply cannot know what forum participation provides, of value, in anyone else's life. Nor can I. Nevertheless I venture to say, based on several in which I read, that some forum posts quite literally save tears, and even save lives, real lives.


You write that English is not your mother tongue. Even so, I would hope that you would not write in the way you have done here, in your mother tongue. Or, if you think it is okay, perhaps you could try posting the same question in a forum in your language, using the same kind of phrasing, and see whether people there feel that it is a fair, reasonable, respectful question directed towards research. I expect not.
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Old 08.01.2015, 16:55
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That do not provide any valuable substance to their real life.

Discuss!
Has the usefulness expired now that you have what you need? Or did you now get what you wanted?

Or will you be selling stuff before moving to San Diego?
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Re: Why people love silly and time consuming forums?

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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. Eg. you wish to have coffee with someone who you do not know at all, rather than chatting up the guy/gal you met everyday at the bus station.
Well, not at all "emotional home", do you really believe that's possible? Though sometimes is reassuring to read nice things, advice and encouragement in reference to your "problems" even when coming from strangers, I like to believe that most people here are normal and do have a life outside this forum. There are a few kind and interesting folks here, don't be so pessimistic it's not all bad...there's some value in all of these (do you know that a few of us made friends through this forum?), but in general you really have to choose your partners of discussion (btw, there's also an ignore list function)... Like in real life. Besides, if there's at least a trace of mutual interest for the guy/gal you met everyday at the bus station there could be some chatting too, I don't believe human behaviour has been totally altered by the internet, but I think it's true that most of people read less books/serious stuff than they should.
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Re: Why people love silly and time consuming forums?

It's part of the human condition. People want to be heard, and want to believe that they're heard. Forums provide a very good base for people to have a voice. Because to be part of it, you must contribute.

You contribute posts, and post on others to gain some sort of reputation.

You can't just reply to posts, without reading them, so people will always read what you have to say, even if you have nothing to say.

It makes it very hard, to find actual content on forums, there's stuff there, if you look. Unfortunately it just get's hidden beneath all of the fluff.
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