166 – Two Feet Away

166 – Two Feet Away

Don’t you just love side-by-side AIM conversations?

There won’t be an FTP next week, as there is no Poly this week. Be sure to check out this week’s FTP though, right behind the vote link as usual!

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Discussion (7)¬

  1. Joseph says:

    This strikes me as unlikely, and I spend all of my free time (and a lot of class time) on the computer. Instant messaging is much slower and less effective than speaking, and I can’t imagine that anyone would react that way.

    I suppose this is a character who forgot her own name, but even so this seems like too much of a stretch. She obviously hasn’t forgotten how to speak, and speaking has very real and obvious advantages.

    Perhaps Penny should try to get her to use Skype or something. She might be willing to try it, and at least that would allow people to talk to her.

    Okay, I’ll stop over-analyzing it now.

  2. L says:

    Ah, the inefficiency of the meatosphere.

  3. Freak says:

    But a room full of clacking keyboards is so handsome to the ear!
    (Never mind my typing speed exceeds my speaking speed by a factor greater than two.)

    Nevertheless, I actually hate IMing and would rather stay silent altogether.

  4. Andrew says:

    @Joseph – I’m not sure that’s true 🙂 I can type at about 106WPM, but i definitely can’t speak that fast…

  5. Renold says:

    There are several times that IMing is preferable to speaking:

    -When you’re in class and not allowed to talk
    -When you need to be able to get the wording of something right (doubly so if you’re like most socially awkward students at EIT and stumble over your words anyway)
    -When you feel like annoying the person next to you

    Also, I’m amused by the term “meatosphere”

  6. Styg says:

    I’ve never had IM conversations with someone in the same room, but I’ve had them with someone in the next room. It honestly wouldn’t surprise me if some people did use IM to talk to people in the same room!

  7. FreeFlier says:

    I’ve had work IM conversations with someone two desks away . . .

    Granted, we were on a conference call/netmeeting at the time and were discussing a side issue while someone else got up to speed on a core issue.