I just figured out why I enjoy communicating online so much, whether it is by bulliten board, AIM, or here at LJ. One of my worst disabilities as a communicator is the tendency to interrupt people when I think I know what they are going to say, and to speak before considering carefully what I myself want to get across. On line, I have to read all the way through what the other person is saying, and, because of my slow typing, my brain has a chance to catch up with my mouth (fingers). Consequently I am a much better conversationalist in this medium. I still have a lot of work to do in the other.