Empty Days

Wednesday, February 18, 2004



Internet as a torture rack

Woe on me with those online chats. Not that I indulge in these all that often but when I do it knocks me over - plain exhausting. I am sure it was invented by and for teenagers, with all that energy wanting out - purpose or no purpose. Jesus it's hard. I am trying to figure out why. Perhaps it's multitasking and exceeding demand on concentration - you gotta read/think/type (as fast as possible) all at the same time. On top of which (and that's the hardest part, really) you gotta figure out what's going on on the other end - whether the chap is upset, amused, bored, indignant, hurt, cracked up...

I mean, good God! In a face-to-face conversation these little imbroglios are solved in the blink of an eye - precisely because you can indeed blink and wince and observe all those facial expressions that tell you in an instant how your output is affecting the "other party". But that's not how it happens online. You're blindfolded - the reaction may come 10 posts later, to something you said "ages ago". Too late - all that is written is written (or typed) forever.

I'd say the problem with online conversations is that you're always behind the typed output. You are forced to react prematurely - otherwise the rhythm is broken. Once again, this doesn't occur in face-to-face talks - since you don't need to waste 3/4 of your energy on typing.

So I guess I will take it easy next time - put a time limit on it or something. Three hours is the most I can handle without falling off my chair from "battle-fatigue". Yesterday it was 5 hours. I am still recovering.





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