- Face time
Face time is interaction or contact between two or more people at the same time and physical location. Face time therefore occurs in "
real life" or " meatspace" and contrasts primarily with interaction or contact which occurs over distance (eg. via telephone) and/or electronically (eg. via instant messaging, e-commerce, or computer simulations).
The term was originally a
colloquialismbut has entered the vernacularwith the increasing number of people throughout the world who commonly and extensively rely on telecommunicationsand the internetfor personal and business communication.
"Face time" was a primary theme in
Douglas Coupland's novel Microserfs.
Characteristics of face time
Face time is important for its unique characteristics of
eye contactand touch. Various simulations that serve as an alternative to face time do not have these features (yet). Quality timeis the idea of surrounding oneself with others of value, while having low obligationsand being oriented towards fun(see Anthropological theories of value). This sort of behaviour is possible in non-face time situations like chat rooms, but it is widely felt that fun in a chat room does not qualify as quality time. The reasons for this are complicated (see loneliness). One explanation is that touch between humans is a fundamental of emotion well-being. [http://www.extendicare.com/consumer/article35.htm] Another explanation is that direct eye contact is critical to guarantee honesty. [http://www.blifaloo.com/info/lies_eyes.php] (see lying)
Factors increasing face time
Singles bars, dance clubs
* The rise of the
* Collectivist cultures like
* An increasing number of intellectuals like
Esther Dysonand Nicholas Negropontestudying the effects of technology in society.
Factors decreasing face time
* [http://www.freep.com/legacy/jobspage/toolkit/face.htm Newsroom politics: Getting face time]
* [http://www.embassymag.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2006/february/22/elearning/ Has eLearning Revolutionized Education?]
* [http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/F/face-time.html catb.org jargon]
* [http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=1013328 Zero face-time protocol]
* [http://www.amazon.com/dp/0609604635/ Face time] - a novel by
* [http://www.wordspy.com/words/facetime.asp word spy]
* [http://www2.darwinmag.com/read/feature/feb05_face.cfm The Importance of Face Time] - an article
* [http://www.industryweek.com/ReadArticle.aspx?ArticleID=11310 Favouring Face Time] - an article
* [http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/face+time Marriam-Websters Dictionary]
* [http://www.bartleby.com/61/46/F0004650.html Bartleby Dictionary]
* [http://www.networkworld.com/news/2006/062306-internet-friends.html article on shrinking face time]
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