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Re: Analog and Digital Clocks, Part 2
Posted By: Darien, on host
Date: Friday, October 12, 2001, at 06:14:30
In Reply To: Re: Analog and Digital Clocks, Part 2 posted by Ellmyruh on Wednesday, October 10, 2001, at 01:49:00:

> I'm the opposite, that's for sure. I can look at an analog clock, and my mind instantly knows what time it is without having to really think about it. However, if I look at a digital clock, it takes my mind a split second longer to think of the numbers in the large scope of things.
> I take in the whole clock on one glance, rather than looking at each hand separately. Sometimes I do this so quickly that I have a mental image and knowledge of the time in relation to the rest of life, but some part of my brain doesn't finish thinking about the time. So, when I glance at my watch, someone sees me do it, and they ask me what time it is, I usually have to look down at my watch again. It's not that I forgot the time, or that I was having trouble thinking about the numbers, but I just hadn't put the time into a solid thought. (People usually give me a funny look when I have to look at my watch again.)

I *always* have to do that, and I *always* get funny looks from other people. In fact, I feel kind of like you seem to about this whole thing. When I look at the clock, or at my watch, I don't think of the time it expresses as a numerical value of "time." Instead, I get rather a general "sense" of what time it is. *I* know exactly what time it is, and exactly when in relation to whatever time I'm thinking of at the moment it is, but I can't articulate that clearly. So if someone else asks me what time it is, I have to look again. Also, after I look again, it takes me a few seconds to figure out what time it *really* is, whether I'm looking at an analog clock or a digital. I can only surmise that this is yet another manifestation of my creeping dyslexia. :-{

> > I wonder if some people envision times by a mental image of a clock with an hour hand and a minute hand. To me, that would just be freaky, but maybe that's how it is with some people who didn't grow up with digital clocks around them.
> You know, I prefer analog clocks to digital ones, but I don't always picture the hands of a clock when someone tells me the time. Sometimes it's just a number that means something, and my brain figures it out on its own. However, I can also effortlessly picture a clock with the correct time on it if I so desire.

I'm not visual. Totally not visual. When I think of things, I don't imagine pictures of anything. I just have information; failing that, I have sounds or scents, but almost never (unless what I'm trying to remember is *specifically* visual, like what a painting looked like) images.

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