At the end of a post about a trip I'd taken to one of the new Wired stores here in NYC, I asked if there was a word or term to describe the feeling one gets when one has only experienced something digitally, (be it a product, place, or individual,) and then is lightly shocked when the item in question is physically interacted with.
We think we're ready to test drive a new term: meet shock.
A play on the word "meat," meet shock is used to describe "the awkwardness inherent in a real life interaction with someone or something you only know from the web."
Here is the conversation that lead to the sparkly new term:
So, one can go on an internet date and report back to ones friends:
"We totally hit it off. Light meet shock in the beginning, but we got over it."
Or visit a store and hold a previously coveted item and remark later:
"Man, I checked out the Brunton SolarRoll. Much floppier than I'd expected. Total meet shock."
Or you can actually turn off your computer, and like, go freerunning in the park with some cat from your Warcraft guild, and then go home and sign back into IM and be all like:
"Lulzzz! HiroSandwitch338 is like 1000 yrs old in real life. Mi5555 shizzzzzzzzz!"
You can say or do any of those things.
We totes understand if you don't.
Ah ha ha ha!
Jackson and Team SuperForest