Does modern technology facilitate avoidant traits?

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26 Oct 2011, 9:20 am

I think it does. I think it would be a lot different if we were in say 1910, not necessarily better but certainly different.

I just wondered how much of a role people thinks it has played in regards to their avoidancy and lifestyles.

It's sort of a poison chalice, in that it offers some respite and a sort of sanctuary, but can obstruct improvement in certain areas.



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26 Oct 2011, 9:29 am

Not sure what you mean. Can you elaborate a little?


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26 Oct 2011, 9:56 am

I dont think so . . . however, I think these traits may be due to poor parenting (which comprises 99% of childhood problems). If anything, the technology is making parents lazier, which would cause avoidance issues (ie, give child a computer/laptop or put in front of the computer or TV, and let that keep the kid occupied). I'd say it's the lazy parenting as a result of better tech.



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28 Oct 2011, 2:28 am

I think so. I think the Internet was made for Aspies. Ok, there were always books to lose yourself in but now it is really easy to spend all your life staring at a screen of one sort or another, filling time with websurfing, games and so on. There is another thread on WP about reading encyclopaedias. I guess now people just read Wikipedia online.

On the train to work in the morning everbody is hunched over a phone screen and those who aren't are listening to music. So everyone is in their private bubble of One, no danger of starting up a conversation with a stranger. And that's mostly NTs! Instead of asking someone for directions you just use an app on your phone. Definitely supports avoidant behaviour.


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28 Oct 2011, 3:02 am

Before I had computers and the internet I spent all my time in my room watching my favorite television shows, lining up my stuffed animals, reading my favorite books (over and over and over and over again) and trying to work out how to play my wargames solo because it was hard to find people who would give them a try - and most of the time I didn't want other people to play them with me.



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28 Oct 2011, 3:14 am

I do think technology is making people lazier and it's also making things easier for people like us. You don't really need maps these days thanks to Google maps or GPS. You can even find people online than going out to meet people, you can look stuff up online now than going to a library or to a book store, you can even shop online now than going out and get it. You can even order a pizza online now than making a phone call. 8O


Also why need to buy music if you can listen to the music online, also why need to listen to the radio, just listen to it online. Also why go out and rent movies when you can have them shipped to your door or do streaming. Same with video games.



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28 Oct 2011, 3:48 am

readingbetweenlines wrote:
I think the Internet was made for Aspies.

No. The internet was made to share information over large distances. The world wide web was at first a utopian dream of people power with no ruling bodies. How things have changed.

The internet has always been about communication and sharing.

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I dont think so . . . however, I think these traits may be due to poor parenting (which comprises 99% of childhood problems). If anything, the technology is making parents lazier, which would cause avoidance issues (ie, give child a computer/laptop or put in front of the computer or TV, and let that keep the kid occupied). I'd say it's the lazy parenting as a result of better tech.

Lazy parenting? You may as well say autism is caused by lazy parenting.

Think as the internet as one of those school fads 10-15 years ago. Could your parents keep you away from them? Parents also think the internet can be educational. It can but most of the time kids are wasting time on social networking sites.

Man, either parents are too lazy or over protective. I give up. Good thing I'm not an actual parent.


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28 Oct 2011, 4:55 am

pensieve wrote:
readingbetweenlines wrote:
I think the Internet was made for Aspies.
No. The internet was made to share information over large distances.[...].

I don't know whether you're going all literal on me pensieve. I meant the Internet was made for Aspies in the sense of two people being made for each other, in other words very well suited, compatible. The internet suits many Aspies' natural tendency read voraciously, amass facts, find answers to questions without having to speak to anybody etc.
I agree with your views on what those who founded the Internet first had in mind.


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28 Oct 2011, 12:50 pm

Vale wrote:
I think it does. I think it would be a lot different if we were in say 1910, not necessarily better but certainly different.

I just wondered how much of a role people thinks it has played in regards to their avoidancy and lifestyles.

It's sort of a poison chalice, in that it offers some respite and a sort of sanctuary, but can obstruct improvement in certain areas.


A clear example of modern technology are computers ofcourse. My computer allows me to avoid all kinds of stuff. I shop on the Internet instead of going to the shops and my favorite way of communicating is by e-mail.

The thing is that I don`t give a damn if I avoid certain things and I am certainly not going to invest the time and the effort to get myself involved in all kinds of social interactions I`m not interested in. My need for social contacts has never been normal and never will be. So what! I will never be a so called people`s person and that doesn`t bother me one bit.