Saturday, 16 April 2005

Pondering synchronicity

Heidi Bond is also thinking about synchronicity and the extroversion-introversion divide:

While I like all my friends very much, I don’t understand how interrupting a perfectly good train of thought with the annoyance of a call could be perceived as a benefit. And I think that about sums it up—calls, however dear the friend, are an annoyance.

And so I wonder whether there’s a difference between cell phone usage of extroverts and introverts.

Undoubtably. Of course, you could be an introvert like me, but be trained to carry your phone with you all the time, and reap the worst of both worlds.

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I don’t think it’s an introvert/extrovert thing. I think it’s a techie/non-techie thing. And I don’t mean the usual definition here, I mean more someone who enjoys using technology to make her life easier vs. one who automatically runs in the other direction if anything technological is shown. There’s also an age divide here – my 60-year-old father does not count 2 or 3 e-mails a week as contact, a phone call is still a must.

I’m an extrovert who prefers e-mail. I believe you could find just as many introverts who prefer a phone call. (Hell, how else can we explain that if you drive down I-55 to work, I am the only person in the morning without a cell phone glued to my head? They can’t all be extroverts!)

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