wut3va t1_j6lduyu wrote

I have both a blind friend and a deaf aunt. You have to get creative sometimes to make those relationships work for everyone, but anyone who thinks their experience isn't diminished is fooling themselves. A person who is both blind and deaf is going to have very limited opportunities to make connections with people. It would be worse if we could only see each other online.


wut3va t1_j6l5nc1 wrote

It's minimally social. A few lines of text is no substitute for sharing the five senses with other human beings. In person, you can dance, drink, kiss, laugh, eat, talk, etc. Body language, tone, touch, even smell, are all forms of nonverbal communication that enriches the human experience in ways that you can't even describe if you don't experience it for yourself. Social media is being social, but distilled to its absolute weakest form.