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November 3rd, 2011


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03:19 pm - People !
So, in this post, [personal profile] theferrett wrote :
I talk to at least fifty people every day – texting with my sweeties, answering comments in my blog, solving tickets at work, social networking with editors and fellow writers.

... so I started adding up. Outside of work, I typically communicate with fewer than five people per day (on average). That includes in-person, e-mail, texting, etc (but discounting reTweets and FB Likes).
On work days, I talk to maybe 10-20 people more - and at the high end of that range, I come home feeling overdosed on people and retreat to my cave computer.
If I was regularly talking to 50 people in a day, I suspect I'd run away and hide in a cave by the end of the month.

So, the obvious question - how many people do you generally communicate with ? And do you feel that's too many or too few ? And where do you find the time for all that anyway ?

(and will I get more responses if I give in and make a poll ? :-) )
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From:solarbird
Date:November 3rd, 2011 04:27 am (UTC)
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(and will I get more responses if I give in and make a poll ? :-) )
In general, yes.

As for me, it varies wildly. If you're including show days (and talking to rather than necessarily with) it can hundreds, plural, if it's a big show. Same if something goes splody on the net. If I'm in studio all day? More like... I dunno... seven to nine? Two in person, a couple on Twitter, a couple of random LJ/DW/social media crap things, a few people on some old-sk00l MU*. Oh, I forgot email. If you include email, then add a bunch more - let's say, idk, 3-4 on a really really slow day. So 10ish.

Edited at 2011-11-03 04:29 am (UTC)
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From:dalekboy
Date:November 3rd, 2011 05:25 am (UTC)
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Most days only 4 people, all of whom live with me and take up most of my time.

If I go to Canberra, Melbourne, or Perth, there's no way for me to see all the people I'd like to, so generally you can add a couple to those trips.

Cons blow things right out of the water, of course.
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From:andrewducker
Date:November 3rd, 2011 08:18 am (UTC)
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I'd say 25 people, tops, unless I go to a big meeting of some kind.
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From:tassie_gal
Date:November 3rd, 2011 08:45 am (UTC)
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Three or four plus a few more on weekends generally. And a few more on twitter etc.

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From:hnpcc
Date:November 3rd, 2011 09:05 am (UTC)
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At present in my rather odd situation.. hm, let's see. 15-20 I think, which is including texting and face to face but not including commenting on FB or LJ which would push it up a bit more.
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From:freyaw
Date:November 3rd, 2011 09:51 am (UTC)
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On a dance class night, generally between 20 and 60 people. Any other day, between 10 and 20, I'd guess. And that doesn't include the people I habitually say 'hello' (but not much more) to on the way in to the office or on the bus (there's people who have caught the same bus as me for the last six or seven years).

I'm fine with that amount. Gregarious introvert ftw! :D
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From:bohemiancoast
Date:November 3rd, 2011 09:56 am (UTC)
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Typically at least 50 in any given day when I'm at work. Probably not much below that if I'm at home, commenting on forums, fb, lj etc.
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From:sweetheartwhale
Date:November 3rd, 2011 11:17 am (UTC)
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Several hundred - i'm in retail in a customer service position, so if you count all the people I serve ( maybe 15-20 an hour on an 9 hours shift), managers and colleagues I speak to in the canteen or elsewhere that's a *lot* of people. once I'm hone it would drop to less than 10 for the rest of the night - husband, cats ( included here as I definitely have communication with them :-))my mother, maybe a close friend on the phone and the odd one or two friends on email/livejournal but not always. SometimesI', too tired to bother going on line.
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From:sweetheartwhale
Date:November 3rd, 2011 11:22 am (UTC)
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In terms of amount - usually fine. I'm a sociable loner type so don't mind lots of short interactions with strangers ( though I have regular customers I chat to more) and then a few more meaningful ones with close family/friends/cats. I *can* feel burntout if I serve a vast amount of people in a short time though as I am dealing with that persons wants and needs often with some urgency ( ok it might be just fast food for lunch they want but its still important to *them* :-) an there is only a short window to engage with that person and give good service).
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From:reverancepavane
Date:November 3rd, 2011 11:52 am (UTC)

you're never so alone as when you are in a crowd

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Typically 0. The last person I talked to was on Friday.

But then I consider communication to require two-way exchange of ideas, not just talking at someone or listening to what they have to say. This isn't communication - but if you respond then it may be the beginnings of one.

That being said I tend to give a bright hello to people I interface with whilst shopping etc, and generally get a bright hello back, especially if I'm a regular. But a lot of that is done on autopilot. [And yes, I use their names, that's what the nametags are for, aren't they? I'd rather treat things as people that people as things.]

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From:kalypso_v
Date:November 3rd, 2011 12:40 pm (UTC)
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Do cats count? As I work from home, on some days they're the only people I talk to in person.
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From:alexwinolj
Date:November 3rd, 2011 01:07 pm (UTC)
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No, don't make a poll. It's cheating to count poll respondents in your quota of people communicated with in a day ;-)
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From:bart_calendar
Date:November 3rd, 2011 01:47 pm (UTC)
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I would say 40 to 60 people, but I work from home freelance so I get to talk to a lot of people online while I'm waiting for clients to come out with revisions, then I go to my local pub every night and I know 90 percent of the people who hang out there and always chat with them a bit. Plus, I live in France so you are expected to chat with and be semi-friends with the butcher, the tobacco shop owner, the pharmacist, etc...
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From:servalan
Date:November 3rd, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
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My numbers are way less than your friend's. Probably around 3-10 (at the outside).

So far today: 7. (Three of these were re: doctor's appointments) Oh, but I have band practice tonight...
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From:morniendil
Date:November 3rd, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
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Typically, 2-4 excluding work. Add another 5-6 at work. Most of the time this is plenty.

When I was MMO'ing there'd be a couple of nights a week where the count would go up to 10-20.
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From:kbpenguin
Date:November 3rd, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm... I'm often on the hermit-y side.

Many days: talk/text-chat with 2-3 people (sometimes as few as 1 person) and email/post-comment with 1 or 2 others

Some days: t/t 5-10; e/p 5-ish

Few days: t/t 30+ or e/p 10+

If I have too many in a row of the busier days (where "too many" is a number greater than 2 and generally less than 10), I tend to feel like hiding in a cave to recharge. I can comfortably go for a long time with very little contact.

Note that it's impossible for me to spend any extended period of time alone, so I don't know if I'd really like being a hermit.
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From:wellinghall
Date:November 5th, 2011 07:49 am (UTC)
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Ooh, that's a good question.

My darling wife adaese every day - in person 99% of the time, by phone on the rare occasions when one of us is away from home overnight.

About one day in two, I am likely to talk to someone on the phone from home - my parents, grandmother, sister being the most likely candidates.

If I see any of the neighbours I know as I go to / from work, I will say hello.

I will exchange posts / comments with people on LiveJournal or FaceBook - don't know if that counts. Occasionally, I will use FB instant messenger (as, indeed, I am doing right now).

Emails sometimes - maybe an average of 2 / 3 meaningful exchanges a day.

Work is a whole different ballgame. Typically 60 or so emails in, and as many out. Half a dozen phone conversations. Talking to a dozen or so different people in person. That lot might add up to two / three dozen different people that I communicate with.

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