View Full Version : Do you take stuff too literally?

Razor Leaf
August 28th, 2012, 4:49 PM
Do you find it hard to detect sarcasm, humour, or a general lack of seriousness when someone is talking to you? Comment on this in terms of both online and offline interaction.

August 28th, 2012, 4:57 PM
This is definitely me! I've been brought up to be serious, so jokes seem to just fly right over my head. It's just extremely difficult for me to sense it, especially online. Don't forget to use emoticons so I get it. XD

August 28th, 2012, 5:19 PM
If I wasn't a staunch believer that life is a funny joke and everyone around me is 'jk' I'd probably be an alcoholic. I don't detect jokes, I assume they're all around me.

August 28th, 2012, 6:55 PM
Y-Yes. I tend to take jokes very seriously and, especially on the internet, find it hard to pick up on sarcasm and the like ><; I've been trying to become better at getting jokes and the like, but it's still pretty hard ^^;

August 28th, 2012, 7:44 PM
Sarcasm is a bit tough to detect online sometimes if it isn't done well

In person, no problem

August 28th, 2012, 8:40 PM
Do you take stuff too literally? - personally 80% of the time I do, I always have trouble with certain jokes, or the way how some young people speak - the 'so called' rap style talk. Its on the reasons I don't have too many real life friends.

Patchisou Yutohru
August 28th, 2012, 8:57 PM
No. In fact, I often answer English tests for reading comprehension incorrectly because I read too much into things and think very metaphorically.

August 29th, 2012, 2:19 AM
Hahaha no online and offline I never take anything seriously until I know the full extent of the situation. I rarely miss out on a humour point but most of the time I tend to pick it up

Overlord Drakow
August 29th, 2012, 3:34 AM
Yeah I take things at face value most of the time, so I can miss stuff like sarcasm and it's even worse online.

Ice Car
August 29th, 2012, 4:04 AM

OT: I usually detect sarcasm easily. In fact I too often consider things sarcasm, or worry that maybe something someone said was sarcastic and that I misunderstood, way too often.

Twilight Sky
August 29th, 2012, 4:12 AM
Eh. Kiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinda, depending on what it is, but it's highly unlikely. XD If I know the person well enough, then I find the sarcasm and humour obvious as well.

August 29th, 2012, 2:51 PM
I kind of have this tendency to take jokes too literally and that kind of ruined it for some people.

August 29th, 2012, 7:51 PM
I don't take anything literally whatsoever haha. I'm very mellow so nothing would bother me at all since I just.. don't feel a thing most of the time XD; This goes for both online and offline.

August 29th, 2012, 8:19 PM
I can usually detect sarcasm well...I use it a lot haha. Seriousness though, not really. I can never tell when people are being legitimately serious, on and offline. Humor I can get sometimes, if I know the terms. Sometimes I laugh and pretend I get it though, tbh lol. Sometimes I misinterpret things though and think they're funny even though they aren't meant to be.

As for taking things literally, I sort of do, but sorta don't? I think in pictures so when I hear something or read something like "his head is in the clouds" I actually see some guy just hanging out with clouds around his head lmao. Then I have to kind of remind myself "that's not what they meant" but sometimes I don't realize those things and think that it's serious. idk if that made sense and y'all probably think I'm dumb lmao. Like if you walked up and said "these *****es was rainin down" I'll think of hookers falling from the sky and laugh.........

August 29th, 2012, 9:23 PM
I've been told I take jokes too seriously all the time. Especially on the internet where it's hard to detect sarcasm.

Kikaito plush
August 30th, 2012, 12:13 AM
Sometimes I can detect the saracism in people's voices but not always.

Shiny Celebi
August 30th, 2012, 11:48 AM
It depends. A lot of times sarcasm is obvious, but if they say it in such a way that I cant tell I will sometimes take things too literally. Its a bit embarrasing for me when this happens.

August 31st, 2012, 8:57 PM
People have told me that I "take things to the head" very easily. Sarcasm does not go over well with me some times.

Shining Raichu
September 2nd, 2012, 4:42 AM
I'm amazing at picking up sarcasm so it's rare that I'll take anything too literally. But there are some people where it's really hard to read their sarcasm because they way they talk just does not change whatsoever. Hiroshi Sotomura from this forum is a good example of this! :P

September 2nd, 2012, 4:50 AM
I'm usually pretty good at picking up sarcasm and humour offline and online. I've got a pretty dry and sarcastic sense of humour anyways.
If I'm in a bad mood though I take stuff too seriously irl.

September 3rd, 2012, 9:19 AM
Usually, I can detect a joke from a mile away. I overuse sarcasm, for one thing, which is bound to help me recognize it. Sometimes I do have trouble getting sarcasm from reading if it's not written a certain way, but then I also often over-analyze my reading and don't take it too literally so...

Elite Overlord LeSabre™
September 4th, 2012, 10:57 PM
I can from time to time, not only on the internet but at home since with my parents' way of talking it's hard to tell if there's a hint of sarcasm or mocking in their voice or not.

September 8th, 2012, 6:13 AM
I am poor at both indicating sarcasm and using it online, in real life i can use it and detect it with much ease.

Ephemeral Euphoria
September 12th, 2012, 3:08 PM
I do my best to take most things if not absolutely everything as non-literal as I can, keeps most conversations from boiling down to arguments or god forbid flame wars both online and irl.

September 16th, 2012, 4:56 PM
tbh there are things i don't like when someone jokes around about it...something like religion for example....sometimes i misunderstand people online cuz i'm not native but no i don't take everything literally..some things yeah but most things nope.

irl..i don't bother a lot i like to mess around and enjoy my time but when someone really close to me and did something he\she knows i hate it then i feel offended and take it literally!

September 19th, 2012, 5:06 PM
Oh dear lord, sarcasm eludes me all the time. Yes, I do take stuff too literally almost all the time, and it really annoys the bejesus out of me.

September 20th, 2012, 5:57 AM
I like to think I usually pick up on all this stuff, but when you're talking to someone you've never met before or you're talking online via text it's quite often hard to tell how someone means what they're saying. I'd say most of the time it's not too hard to tell based on tone/context, but especially online it can be tricky :p