Efforts to bridge this gap, like the usage of emoticons in text-based conversation, merely constitute a poor substitute.
Another notion going hand in hand with this view is the belief that it is ‘better’ that a person spends time outside of the house, meeting people face to face at bars, clubs, fraternities, sports teams and so on.
Some more stuff about me may be found here: Website I’m getting rather tired of people ranting on about the inferiority of text-based conversation such as MSN, ICQ, AIM, Yahoo! The prevailing opinion seems to be that face to face communication is hands down superior to online text conversations, because face to face includes body language, intonation, facial expressions, physical contact and so on.
The story goes that consequently there is a huge information loss during online communication because of the aforementioned features lacking in text-based conversation.
It is notoriously hard to search a soundscape for the stuff you want, or index it without substantial expertise. The difference however is that you have way more opportunity to really think things through before you hit the [return] key.
These things are hard to do when you’re talking with someone on the train.I think this trend has been going on ever since television addiction became a social issue, of people ‘wasting their time’ on their own as opposed to being socially active.It is the reigning (conservative) way of viewing human contact, to a point that everyone can’t feel but a little guilty or ashamed that, when asked where you were last saturday night, you have to answer “behind the computer”.About Pepijn Uitterhoeve I'm Pepijn, a veteran Utopia player (and gamer in general).I intend to write my master thesis on Utopia, and focus mainly on the cooperative aspects.I just wanted to provide some counterweight to people rapping on text messaging while glorifying face to face conversation.