I was chuckling at a few posts (because they were intentionally funny). They were addressed to my posts, so I didn’t really respond. But this brought to mind the way much of our responses—either thoughts, facial reactions or verbal outbursts don’t come through on the posts. They just happen where we’re at, but none of the people reading the posts get any of this reaction.
In this thread, I’m wondering if people would be willing to discuss some of these reactions that none of us are privy to. I’m not sure if people want to do this. Heck, I’m not sure I want to do this. But I suspect there’s a lot of missing “information” that doesn’t pass through the screen into the posts, and a part of me is curious to know how people are reacting or what they’re really thinking when they’re reading and responding to posts. Or are most people calmly reading and writing their posts—so the posts everyone reads basically captures the person’s thoughts and reactions? I doubt this. It’s certainly not true for myself. How much of your reaction or thoughts are you filtering and holding back? Or do you let it all come out?
Personally, I think I hold back quite a lot. There are times when I’m annoyed, but I don’t say anyting. I also laugh quite a bit, but it seems awkward and silly to constantly post a “lol” response and that’s it. Still, I sometimes want the person to know that I appreciated the joke.
OK, I’m going to turn this loose, but as the Hill Street Blues’ Sgt. said—“Let’s be careful out there.”
You can’t handle the truth!
Nice topic! I write a lot of snarky, condescending posts that I don’t end up actually posting. This is usually in response to things like “Hollywood is killing our intelligence!!” But Dib and Parksy usually handle those amazingly well so I can continue to be my normal impeccably-mannered self.
I actually lol at a lot of funny things people post here (both intentionally and unintentionally), but that doesn’t always come through in my posts, if I respond at all.
I usually look at myself in the mirror and think, Why is someone so gorgeous spending all her time writing posts that will just be ignored.
But really, I do a lot of laughing (I think laugh wrinkles are more attractive than rolling-my-eyes wrinkles) .
At first I was all like
But then I lol’ed.
Hahaha. I actually went back and forth with regard to starting this thread. Yeah, the truth might be too harsh.
Personally, I think I hold back quite a lot. There are times when I’m annoyed, but I don’t say anyting
Going off of our previous back-and-forths regarding what constitutes a healthy debate vs trolling/flaming/being an asshole-
Your statement is a good example of why I believe in no-holds barred conversations. Or at least debates that are allowed to run its course regardless of how heated they may get. It is better to be inoculated against getting easily offended than have someone hold back their true, and probably strong, opinion. To censor yourself for fear of the other person getting their feelings hurt is silly, stopping short of personal insults of course.
^I chuckled. I wouldn’t normally post this but in the spirit of the thread I felt it mentioning.
Wait . . . you guys can’t see where I am and what I’m doing while I type?