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Real Life v Virtual Life

Original post made by Real Person, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Aug 28, 2011

I used the self checkout at Home Depot recently. From leaving my car to choosing my goods and paying for them to the return to my car, I didn't speak to anyone or even look at a face.

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Posted by true
a resident of Southgate
on Aug 28, 2011 at 10:00 am

yes,it is very true that a person on internet is totally different from real,please look carefully and talk to her/him in real world.

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Posted by Sounds Familiar
a resident of JLS Middle School
on Aug 28, 2011 at 10:57 am

Didn't Asimov write a novel about this? Someone did, and I've had 30 or more years to think about it.

We don't have the social skills many had 100 years ago, such as bantering, flirting or even friendly arguing. Or working. Probably a bad thing.

And I think we now need to arrange our physical human interactions more explicitly, but that gives us more control over our lives. Probably a good thing.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 28, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Asimov, Heinlein and Bradbury, among others.

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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Aug 28, 2011 at 9:46 pm

America today is the result of 50+ years of liberal social engineering.

I, for one, am thankful that technology has provided methods to reduce the amount of interaction I must have with arrogant self-absorbed yuppies, and worthless incompetent service staff.

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Posted by VoxPop
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Outside. Got your crabby shorts on today?

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Posted by yeah
a resident of Southgate
on Aug 29, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I guess he wears dress today.

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Posted by move away
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm


if ya don't like our great state and great community full of thoughtful caring smart people, why don't you just move away to where you will find like minded haters?

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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Aug 29, 2011 at 4:40 pm

When I was born, California had the best schools, the best public infrastructure, low taxes, low crime and low population density.

Now, it's the worst in the country for all those categories.

The people who need to "move away" are the ones responsible for California's decline.

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