Just wondering.... more than 30,000 members. At most, I am guessing 20 or 30 or so post discussions or get involved in discussion. Not that I keep track.
That's the size of a mega-church. Sorry for the analogy. It's about the size of the town where I grew up. Also not a good analogy, that town was a sorry excuse for an over-sized septic tank. Let's just say it's a lot of people.
Anyway, I wonder what happens for the folks who sign on and don't post. I hope this site is useful for them. I suppose if 30,000 people were all posting and discussing it would be kind of overwhelming. Maybe page-views generate some funding for the site?
I also wonder about people who used to be very active, then.... poof! vanished! There are a bunch of them. Did they get bored? Found Jesus? Get busy and no longer had time? Found peace with being atheist, the need was met, move on?
Just speculating. I sometimes welcome new members hoping to inspire involvement, and others do a lot more of that than I do.
You're not alone! I know a few phone haters as well (a woman and a couple of men) who are fine with conversations in person. One friend says he'd prefer to drive an hour to meet someone face-to-face rather than have a social phone conversation! I don't mind using texts, instant messages, and email with them when we're not together.
My own preference is to hear someone's voice.
(Another possible aspect: text-based communication isn't as demanding of our sustained attention in the same way that a voice conversation is. You can take your time to reply.)
Grinning Cat, I like your no cell phone conversation cartoon. It is a keeper.
Daniel, I am grateful you had your cell phone on you when you collapsed.
Joan, that's a good point and thank you. Cell phones do have a role. Everyone has a different level of comfort with them too, as with anything else. For emergencies, they are a real tech-send. Not a god send of course.
Sentient I am glad you feel that way..........I would be lost without my cell phone, or in my case a smart phone...It wakes me up in the morning,gives me the daily news and weather report....It keeps me up to date on stock quotes, I can even do trades on my phone..... I can deposit checks with my phone, I use my phone for GPS when I am on the road...It recommends good contractors as well as restaurants ,I can take fabulous pictures with it. Bottom line It is a necessity for me and not just a convenience....And yes, it is without a doubt, a life saver in an emergency......
Patricia, I agree that you have educated yourself quite well.
I don't like talking on the phone either. I prefer face to face, but when I want to express myself well, I much prefer e-mail.
I have only a cell phone because I can't afford to pay for both, and I never use it to chat.
Patricia, I like to take my time in composing email also, but tend to get lazy and often don't take as much time as I should.
I try to remember to read what I write over once before posting it, and then read it a time or two again after posting. I still sometimes find spelling and grammar mistakes on the third reading, as well as things I wish I had said better.
The thing I wrote that took the most time (10 or 20 hours), was the letter to all my family members, where I came-out as an atheist and gave them some of the logical, rational, and scientific reasons why.
I've been wanting to write them another, with some more of the hundreds of reasons Mormonism is false and detrimental. I've been procrastinating because it will probably take another 10 or 20 hours.
Hi Spud......I do hope your family appreciates the time and trouble you spent writing to them in detail about coming out as an Atheist.....Not many would do that and I commend you...I like to think that our family loves us unconditionally, but that is not always the case... So good luck, just remember it is their loss if they reject you...You always have us as your family.....
Patricia, you sure could have fooled me.....You write with passion and complete candor and you seem quite knowledgeable ...Sounds to me you are a perfect example of a self educated woman...Maybe being a member of A/N has inspired you.....Thanks for getting my juices flowing, I hope you were not offended , I can be very direct....I love a good debate, so thanks....
I usually check the site a few times a week but don't often reply. I think for me it's like my phone aversion issue. It's not that I don't like to engage with other people, but for reasons probably only understood by a psychologist, I prefer face to face conversations. Talking on the phone or like this in a forum is just a little off-putting for me. I keep telling myself I'm going to engage more, but then fall back to old habits.
As far as my spouse goes, she sees herself as agnostic and isn't nearly as involved as I am on issues surrounding religion vs atheism. She has other issues like breast cancer awareness that she is very involved in, so the whole spectrum of religion / no religion debates are more of sideline concern for her.