I guess that the key to this is understanding the meaning of the word communicate. You are right words like interactive, interactivity, interaction are closely connected with the Internet. However, I do not understand the phrase “to interact more quickly”. It is lost to me. I imagine interaction as two people talking and moving and to interact more quickly simply means that they would have to start talking and moving faster. That image is funny and is probably the reason why I cannot understand the use of the word interact in that sentence. I can understand the use of to exchange information more quickly however. To exchange means that something is in flux and therefore it could go faster or slower.
The link between interaction and exchange of information is lost on me however. Maybe this is because I do not understand the word interaction well enough. I may know some of its meanings but some more subtle meanings may be lost for me.
I thought that we were talking and not interacting actually. : ) So I guess that we are interacting now. Interacting with another person is so new to me. : ) Do not get me wrong I have talked with many people on the Internet before I just did not know we were interacting.
Ok. I tried practicing it but it still feels a little strange to use it in that manner.
What are the implications of the word interact. In what situations is it used?
According to Dictionary.com it means :
act together or towards others or with others; “He should interact more with his colleagues”
The meaning that they give has to do with talking (implied by the example) and acting. It is actually in concordance with the image I have in my mind regarding interaction.
The Inet aspect of interaction is difficult for me to conceptualize. Right now we are not acting together we are just talking. My friends really would not understand me if I tell them that I have interacted with you on the Internet. Or maybe the word interact can not be used in the case of reported speech.
If you can not find an answer I guess I may need to just take this definition for what it is. There may not be another way to grasp it. Some additional examples may prove helpful however.
Thank you for the help,
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