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Where do they get their ideas from? Where do they get their ideas from?
by Joseph Gatt
2020-09-24 07:04:44
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Personality traits based on the activities people spend time with.

What comes first, the chicken or the egg? That is, do people choose activities because of certain personality traits, or do the available activities alter people's personality? I'll discuss all that briefly.

-They spend most of their time playing video games

ideas001_400This usually means they are good at following instructions. But it also tends to mean that they can be terrible story-tellers.

Since video games are mostly about quietly performing tasks, video games players tend to have trouble telling any story.

They may or may not be the quiet type. But either way, don't expect them to tell you what they did last weekend, the story of where they grew up. And don't expect them to give you clear stories about the environment you are currently residing in, or a newcomer to.

-They spend most of their free time listening to music

Music will influence their story-telling. This usually means they will tell you short stories that are emotion-filled.

So to them working is about emotions, dating is about emotions, family and friends are about emotions, class, teachers and bosses are about emotions and emotional relations. You won't hear a lot of narrative stories involving what needs to get done, nor will they tell you what they did over the weekend.

-They spend most of their time watching action movies/science fiction movies or dramas

With these guys, everything involves a huge amount of drama and/or violence. The (quiet) meeting turns into a violent once. The (quiet) dinner turns into a dramatic one. The (quiet) day at work involves all kinds of plots and twists. You get the idea.

-They spend most of their free time watching comedy/sit-coms/stand-up-comedy

These guys are going to try to crack a joke every minute. Some jokes will be funnier than others. But if you need them to tell you the truth or what really happened, you're going to have a lot of trouble getting them to cast away their jokes. Any attempt to get them to “get serious” will frustrate you.

-They spend most of their free time watching detective stories/dramas and reading detective novels

I actually enjoy spending time with these guys. They tend to be interested in what really happened, as opposed to the stories people are telling.

These guys know most people won't tell you the truth, so they usually read between the lines to see where the truth lies.

-They spend most of their time reading newspapers

These guys and girls are also fun to hang out with. To a lot of them, life is about sharing news. So they'll tend to give you reports on what's going on around the world, but also give you detailed reports on what goes on in their private or personal life.

It also depends what kind of news they read. If it's gossip news, expect them to share personal stories and other people's personal stories.

If it's political news, they could be very private about their personal life, and refuse to share personal details of their life, as they'd rather discuss current events.

-They spend most of their time reading novels

These guys and girls are going to talk for 30 minutes or 1 hour non-stop, sharing every single detail of the story of their life. They tend to be good with words and know how to catch your attention. They'll spend 5 or 6 hours (or more) telling you story after story of what goes on in their life, in great detail.

-They spend most of their time reading non-fiction

Stories with them will involve details of things we all see but never notice. So they will tend to tell you story after story of things that we all see around us that we subconsciously know, but that we never really noticed or thought about.


A few notes

First off, I thought university professors were more like non-fiction readers, until I worked for the system. Professors, like the rest of the world, tend to spend most of their free time listening to music, playing video games or reading gossip magazines, not reading non-fiction.

To answer the chicken and egg question. I think genetics play a role, environment plays a role, life circumstances play a role, and social factors play a role.

It would be interesting to conduct an experiment where you take people to a media library, with all kinds of entertainment available from books to video games to everything else, and lock them up for a couple of weeks (or months) and see what activities dominate and how they kill time.

This experiment is already available by looking at Google searches and web search history.

What we know is that some people are better at finishing books than others (only around 3-5% people finish the books that they start).

We also know that some people like to choose what media they consume, while others would rather having TV (or the internet) suggest what to watch.

And we know that environmental factors play a role, but not too much. Oddly enough working at a university does not increase your chances of reading non-fiction. But living in a dangerous city increase your chances of watching action of drama. Being rich or middle-class increases your chances of enjoying music or comedy. And being neglected by your parents increases your chances of playing video games. And being in an “intellectual” environment makes you more likely to purchase books. Being an outcast in an intellectual environment makes you more likely to read books. Intellectuals who have many friends (including intellectual friends) tend to read less.

Now there's something I haven't discussed. Something I call “electronic aphasia.”

Originally, aphasia is a neurological disorder, where due to damage in Broca or Wernike's area in the brain, people can no longer produce oral speech (they can however use sign language or computer assisted language in some cases).

What I call electronic aphasia is when a group of individuals consume (almost exclusively) information content that is devoid of speech (as in images of cats, videos of people falling from shelves or whatever). These guys and girls spend so much time consuming media that does not contain speech, that they “forget” how to use language.

These are the guys and girls who are going to communicate on Whatsapp or WeChat or Viber almost exclusively via emoticons, and use a series of emoticons. Often, these guys and girls get anxious in the presence of speech, and refuse to produce speech, and get very anxious in the presence of speech or when spoken to.

Just something to keep in mind when you're interacting with people. People often talk the way they are talked to, as in the way they consume media.


   
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