AFter spending an unhealthy amount of my social life (okay, about 99%) online I can't help but wondering where this trend is going. Would we in the future stop talking to each other and just communicate in writing over the internet or Cyberspace? To what extent can online communication be exchanged for verbal communication?
As soon as most pubs are interactive (or internet pubs)...
Well, my computer can do a lot when it's online, but it can't tap beer yet so till then I'll be spending some time in offline pubs too
I do'nt think it can or should replace it, but I think it will. For now.
As you stated Phil, it is a trend - and I feel, just that. You may spend 99% of your social time online, but you have not foregone the socila aspects of yur life completely. One, you hold a job which forces interaction amoung people. For the tme being, that will not be replaced with only virtual communication. Secondly, you spend most of your online time in the presence of others - whether or not you chose to verbally communicate with them (ie: internet cafes). You are still "soaking up" the verbal communication around you - if there is any. Thirdly, the human need for verbal (and physical for that matter) interaction will continue to outweigh the cyber-speak for some time to come. There are still too many of us out there who did not grow up with computers, cell phones and other devices. For us, they will not replace the phone call or face-to-face conversation any time soon.
I don't think we can ever get completely rid of the need for verbal communication without genetic engineering. It is something that is ingrained in our physiological make up (neurological acutally). Sorry - the biology in me comes out every now and then!
it is a growing trend for me but it is mostly confined to working hours for me, i spend all day on a computer so no offense to all the nice tpers when i go home its one of the last things i want to touch (unless i'm scanning an embarressing family photo for my sister), and i could not live without talking, if i don't talk for a certain amount of time i feel sorry for the person who does talk to me as i go into overdrive and only stop to drink some alcohol .....
HOw would you connect with someone on a physical level, for example?
I don't believe you would - at most you would have a digital representation of the person/people you were communicating with, and that's about all.
Then I would have to say that online communication definitely can't replace verbal communication.