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    Default Visualizing appearance and body language in online interactions

    Do you visualize the appearance or body language of someone you're interacting with online?

    Is it an automatic visualization, or do you decide to imagine what they might look like?

    What level of interaction is necessary to trigger you to visualize their potential appearance or body language?

    Why do we do this? Is it because our mind wants to fit the interaction into the more natural schema of a real life interaction?

    Does visualizing their appearance or body language help or hinder online interaction?

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    Interesting question and the answer for me is not usually.

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    I never do this, everyone's just lines of script to me.

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    I don't think I do it...

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    Appearance yes, body language no.

    I'm curious what people online look like in real life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuchIrony View Post
    Appearance yes, body language no.
    Same here. I think I also imagine some kind of inflection of speech, but it's all very nebulous in my brain (both imagined appearances and speech patterns) and I'd be hard pressed to describe what I imagine any given member to look and sound like.
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    If I'm reading a book, email, or an online post, then I'm typically visualizing gesticulations, appearance, demeanor, tone of voice, and so on. It's part of wanting to piece together the 'entire story,' so to speak.

    It's refreshing to meet someone I've only had text exchanges with (e.g. remote work colleagues), since it provides more context for subsequent exchanges.

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    I do it to the extent that I'm carefully reading the material. If I'm skimming, then I don't wind up visualizing as much; if I read every word, then I do.

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    Yeah I do... Not all the time or with everyone.. Just sometimes certain things people say ... I don't know why it happens when it does... It's just part of the way I comprehend information I guess.
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    It's never occurred to me to do this.

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    Until proven otherwise, everyone in my mind is taking part in this song:

    'One of (Lucas) Cranach's masterpieces, discussed by (Joseph) Koerner, is in it's self-referentiality the perfect expression of left-hemisphere emptiness and a precursor of post-modernism. There is no longer anything to point to beyond, nothing Other, so it points pointlessly to itself.' - Iain McGilChrist

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    "Suppose it didn't," said Pooh, after careful thought.
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