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Hiheels:
..down busy city streets staring at their phones are a pain in the proverbial.
However, has this wave of social media that is, in many ways one step removed from "real" interaction, actually been a gift to introverts and it's only the extroverts, who perhaps before seemed to be the majority (mostly because they're out and about!) that are loudly objecting to it? They're not getting the attention they crave?
Real human interaction is good, when it's what you want and when you want it, at other times a cyber-wave across a crowded room is perfect before shutting it all out.

Incidentally, by saying it's removed from "real" interaction I am in no way saying you can't care about people you've only ever typed to.

What do you reckon and which camp are you in? I'm definitely an introvert.

P-Kasso2:
 Gd_pst

What an intriguing question....In short, do mobile phones bring out the Introverts? And are the Extroverts missing the attention they normally crave?

From what I have seen, mobile phones certainly do allow Introvert kids to blossom into Extroverts or even into online bullies and terrorists. At least, most computer geeks and hackers seem to me to be typical Introvert stuff. Coincidence?

And present day Extroverts just go on banging out boring selfies and being crass and boring to everyone except themselves.

The only hope is that Introverts use their mobile phones rather like Introverts in the past used their quill pens - and that is create something the world wants to read.

My major worry is that mobile phones (which are just the beginning of this revolution) do not amass or come to represent 'real' interchange between people. People must still interchange rather than hide away in darkened rooms satisfied with 'virtual reality' interchanges.

EM Forster foresaw all this and wrote a slim volume called "The Machine stops". It is chilling.

When iPads, mobile phones and whatever else is in the pipeline come to fruition we have to be really carefully that interacting is a human thing, that it worth preserving and fighting for. Everyone can do their bit to make sure computers do no replace real human interface.

Snog a stranger tomorrow.

Cosmos:
I'm not sure that there is a greater percentage of people staring into their mobile devices than there ever was staring at newspapers . If there seems to be more isn't that because there are more people nowadays?

I'm an introvert but not one to stare at either mobile device screen or newspaper while moving . Sitting waiting somewhere I check my mobile device but I'm aware of the physical problems it can cause and behave accordingly . I don't usually interact with others by typing on the mobile while I'm out .

P-Kasso2:

--- Quote from: Cosmos on 18 August, 2018, 10:42:59 PM ---I'm not sure that there is a greater percentage of people staring into their mobile devices than there ever was staring at newspapers . If there seems to be more isn't that because there are more people nowadays?

I'm an introvert but not one to stare at either mobile device screen or newspaper while moving . Sitting waiting somewhere I check my mobile device but I'm aware of the physical problems it can cause and behave accordingly . I don't usually interact with others by typing on the mobile while I'm out .

--- End quote ---

Point well made and point taken, Cosmos I'd say I am speaking as more of an Introvert than an Extrovert that goes bouncing up puppy-like and slobbering all over strangers.

But where you say you're not sure if there's a "greater percentage of people staring into their mobile devices than there ever was staring at newspapers" I don't see hordes of teenagers ambling down streets and getting run over while crossing intersections while engrossed in reading newspapers.

The thing is that mobile phones (much like TV sets) demand our full attention - whereas newspapers or listening to radio is something that can be done while doing other things (such as thinking, washing up, composing the next great symphony etc.)

No, I reckon the problem with mobile phones is that they totally take over the user's whole attention - and Introverts are probably more susceptible to be being drawn in to the mobile phone bubble than Extroverts. Or am I totally wrong?

Cosmos:

--- Quote from: P-Kasso2 on 20 August, 2018, 06:56:22 PM ---
--- Quote from: Cosmos on 18 August, 2018, 10:42:59 PM ---I'm not sure that there is a greater percentage of people staring into their mobile devices than there ever was staring at newspapers . If there seems to be more isn't that because there are more people nowadays?

I'm an introvert but not one to stare at either mobile device screen or newspaper while moving . Sitting waiting somewhere I check my mobile device but I'm aware of the physical problems it can cause and behave accordingly . I don't usually interact with others by typing on the mobile while I'm out .

--- End quote ---

Point well made and point taken, Cosmos I'd say I am speaking as more of an Introvert than an Extrovert that goes bouncing up puppy-like and slobbering all over strangers.

But where you say you're not sure if there's a "greater percentage of people staring into their mobile devices than there ever was staring at newspapers" I don't see hordes of teenagers ambling down streets and getting run over while crossing intersections while engrossed in reading newspapers.

The thing is that mobile phones (much like TV sets) demand our full attention - whereas newspapers or listening to radio is something that can be done while doing other things (such as thinking, washing up, composing the next great symphony etc.)

No, I reckon the problem with mobile phones is that they totally take over the user's whole attention - and Introverts are probably more susceptible to be being drawn in to the mobile phone bubble than Extroverts. Or am I totally wrong?

--- End quote ---

I used the word was very deliberately . The newspaper has been very much replaced by the mobile device . Fifty years ago you could have seen a similar percentage on the street engrossed in a newspaper .

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