Originally posted by ocatchings:
Why do people on the internet need a "button" to ignore someone? What do they push in real life whe dealing with a person face to face and someone pisses them off?
No disrespect to anyone that does use a button, but to me it seems like a cowardly way to handle a situation.
The *button* for me is a most accommodating convenience.
It allows me to not have to scroll past or siff through paragraphs (or sometimes pages) of something I don't want to waste my time reading by somebody whose opinion I couldn't care less about.
In real life, I would probably have to miss out on the entire conversation altogether ... because I would *ignore* such a person by not putting myself in close proximity to them to hear what they have to say!
What makes the *button* better is that I can still read opinions of importance to me ... while blocking out those that for me are irrelevant!
Now ... let me add that on a general
level ... I think that most intellectual folks are compelled to read what's put in front of them ... especially on a subject of interest to them.
Unfortunately, on a message board (your idea of) *stupidness* can just get thrown into the middle of an interesting subject and derail the whole conversation!
I think having the option to block out *stupid* is probably why a lot of people use the *ignore* feature.
Again ... I see it more as convenience ... than avoidance. But that's just me!