Thursday, January 16, 2014

On Laptops And Introversion

So yesterday evening my daughter asked me, the bookahlic, to go to the bookstore with her. She wanted to pick up a book, and to get out of the house a little. She was bringing along her laptop to do some homework, and told me to bring along mine to have something to do. Yes, I finally have a laptop. It’s a tiny little thing that used to belong to my daughter. I bought it from her for $50 after her father gave her a new one when she visited him in Montreal in the fall.


Up until now, I’d never owned or used a laptop, and didn’t really care. But sitting yesterday in Starbucks enjoying a (skinny) vanilla latte while surfing the internet, I thought to myself “You know, I really like this.” What was there not to like? I was in a public setting surrounded by people, and I didn’t need to speak to any of them. This is an absolute ideal scenario for an introvert like me who loves being out of the house, but doesn’t need constant interaction.


I think my little cheapo laptop and I are going to be good friends in public areas where Wi-Fi is offered. The battery on it only lasts for a couple of hours, but that’s long enough to enjoy a cup of coffee, to enjoy being out, and to enjoy being around people...without the need to interact.


Do you own a laptop? Do you like them?

40 comments:

  1. I have an iPad and I hate it because it's so hard to type on it. It reduces everyone to hunt and peck. So I'm thinking of getting a small and light laptop for mobile use instead. I need a real keyboard!

    Love that turtle -- I know exactly how that feels!

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    1. Debra, Jim got a new laptop and just ask him....he's in love!

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    2. I still prefer the keyboard connected to my desktop; the one on the laptop I have is a little small. But I did enjoy being able to sit in public and be connected to the internet --- without the need to socialize! So I think I will be doing this again. This is especially nice during the winter months when I want to go out somewhere, but it has to be indoors when the weather is very cold.

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  2. I have a laptop but I ironically never take it outside home. It basically replaced my old desktop. I found that tablets are much easier to take with me.

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    1. This is the first time I've ever owned (or used) a laptop. I do prefer my desktop, but this one will be handy for taking along.

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  3. yeah, me and my laptop have a fine time ... it is so interesting to read an introvert's blog. great insight, Martha... I'm such a loudmouthed extrovert ... it helps me understand why introverts run like hell when they see me a coming ... lol?

    oh, me... aren't we all pips... I say ... human beings are a pip. yep ;)

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    1. Hahaha...yes, we certainly are all pips! Love that world. Makes me think of the show 'All in the Family', which I loved.

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  4. I just got a new smaller laptop from what I had.......with touch screen capabilities. I LOVE it! We are Starbucks fanatics but have not as yet taken our laptops there......hey if you can, so can we!! lol

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    1. Try it out, Jim; you might enjoy taking it along when you go for coffee. I don't see myself really doing this in warmer months because I'm too busy with my camera and the outdoors, but during the winter, this is nice.

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  5. Whoop Whoop ~~ another introvert bites the dust (sort of).

    So glad you felt good amongst peeps with a java. I read somewhere that people's imagination is stimulated positively in settings like the coffee shop. So perhaps a new YOU may develop and new angles with your posts. Who knows?!!

    Ron

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    1. WHOA there, fellow introvert! Let's not get ahead of ourselves. This introvert is nowhere near biting the dust in introversion! I may be able to sit in public with my little laptop, but I practically have a dome around me...LOL...keeps the extroverts at bay. Or at least I won't hear them...hahaha... I like being in public spaces....separately! :)

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  6. I have a laptop but I don't usually take it out with me. It sounds fun to sit in the coffee shop and write or surf, though. I know exactly how you feel about wanting to be out, but kind of wanting to be alone, too. I'm definitely an introvert.

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    1. It was a lot more fun than I thought. It gets me out, I can enjoy a nice coffee break, and I like reading some of the articles that I get distracted from at home. Very cool for an introvert. Exactly as you say it: I want to be out, but still be alone!

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  7. You crack me up, Martha! My computer is a "laptop." A 15 inch one. I usually don't take it out to public places. I had to lug my last one to and from school every day, so I'm happy to use this one mostly at home. Here, here for we introverts! I do take it with me when I travel (no iPhone yet because this introvert would rather not talk on the phone or text!). When we go to Hawaii, I'll be blogging from my funky little hotel's lobby!

    I love going to Barnes and Noble for hours. Nobody bugs me as I have my coffee and read ~ they're all around me on laptops! LOL! Have a good one!

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    1. I love going to the bookstore, and enjoying a coffee while I read. Such a great place for an introvert. You can be surrounded by people without the need to socialize. Doesn't get any better. This is the first time I've ever taken a laptop along (never had one before!), and didn't know what to expect. Turns out it's pretty cool!

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  8. I had a Toshiba with Vista that died. I have an Acer 10" that I don't use because the "smallness" bothers me.

    I love my big ol' desk top. Mostly because it's here at home. ;)

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    1. I prefer my desktop as well, particularly the nice big keyboard!

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  9. Gosh yes, and i adore it. I call it my 'Precious' a la The Lord of the Ring movies. And i am like you in that i love to be out, but lots of interaction.. no thank you. Lol. Great post.

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    1. Yup, that's what I enjoy: being outdoors without too much interaction! I will definitely be doing this again.

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  10. you will never go back to your regular computer after awhile. Laptops are so convenient, I sit on the couch with mine!

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    1. You may be right, but I think I won't switch to a laptop until I get a bigger one. This one is very small, and taking on it can be a little frustrating. I type very fast, and it's very easy to make mistakes on the smaller keyboard. Eventually I see myself switching to a laptop.

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  11. I've used a laptop (and an iPad) for years. I use the iPad in public places or when I travel. I like your Header.

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    1. Thanks, Barb...for the header comment...and for stopping by. I think I will be enjoying the laptop quite a bit!

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  12. Don't own a laptop yet, but, if I did, I would certainly be just like you. Love, love, love your philosophy on life. I think we must be cosmic sisters. Cheers!1

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    1. Hahaha...you might be right. Maybe we are cosmic sisters!

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  13. Tim and I are big on hitting the bookshoppe cafe and working. He usually uses the laptop, though the one we have for writing is Internet-free, and I usually have my nose in a bake book. We love it. So much fun to go to these places and work on whatever.

    Happy Thursday.

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    1. Yes, it is a lot of fun going to these places and doing whatever! I go to the local bookstore, now and then, order a coffee and relax for awhile. Up until now, I've been reading, but I think the laptop is going to be going along from now on!

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  14. I don't own a laptop (still waiting for one of the boys to "upgrade"), but the prospect of hangin' out in a public place would be a "little" more appealing with a laptop shield.

    Love the funnies, as always, Martha!

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    1. I had no intention on spending money on a laptop (I'd rather buy photography equipment), but it was only $50...I couldn't say no to such a great deal!

      And yes, the laptop is like a shield against the masses...LOL!

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  15. So laptops are a godsend to introverts! I'm and introvert so I guess I need a laptop.

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    1. They certainly can be! A great way to spend time alone in public places without the need to interact!

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  16. Good for you ! Papa bought me my lap top a few years ago and I love it . I especially love using outside in the summer whilst sitting on my patio porch . Hey we all eventually get with the times lol ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good weekend !

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    1. Hahaha...yes, I guess we all eventually get with the times, one way or another. I am way, way behind in many ways, but that's okay. I'm a nature lover, and I'd rather be outside than up to par with the latest technological gadgets.

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  17. Believe it or not I've never had a laptop. Insanity right??

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    1. You probably just don't need on yet. I wouldn't have gotten one if my daughter wasn't getting rid of hers. $50 was a steal!

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  18. I love my laptop. I take it with me to work and on holidays. I don't think I could go back to a desktop.

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    1. Maybe I'll feel the same way if I ever get a bigger one. For now, the desktop rules because it's bigger, and much handier!

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  19. Yes and I'm getting wi-fi back, would I use in a café, no everybody knows me, I am Introverted with a social phobia kind of funny when you think about it, I'll go out to get food, I'll go out to get photos, heck I'll go out just to be in my car, alone....wish you luck with yours dear Martha

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    1. You have to do whatever is most comfortable for you. I really enjoy being in a busy, public area...as long as I can do it quietly!

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