- Considered apart from concrete existence: an abstract concept.
- Not applied or practical; theoretical. See synonyms at theoretical.
- Thought of or stated without reference to a specific instance: abstract words like truth and justice.
- Impersonal, as in attitude or views.
- Having an intellectual and affective artistic content that depends solely on intrinsic form rather than on narrative content or pictorial representation: abstract painting and sculpture.
I just had a realization about another reason why I don't use chat or texting much: it does not fit well with abstract ideas, it is better fitted for small specifics like what time the train comes in.
I am not very interested in chitchat. I am not very interested in specifics. I am not very interested in personal details, including my own. Most damning: I am not very interested in people. I am not warm and personable and cozy. I'm sorry, it's just the way it is.
I am very interested in abstract ideas. If you can talk with me about a concept or philosophy which interests me, we can talk till the cows come home. But talk to me about specific details in mine or somebody else's life, and I lose interest after two minutes.
Occasionally somebody will be offended that I haven't asked them about how the specific details in their life is going. Well, basically I'm not interested, and I don't expect them to be interested in those things in my life. I could fake it and have more friends, but if there's anything I dislike it's fake, so I guess that won't happen.
Basically I like to think about, and thus talk about, ideas which have broad application. If it can't be applied to life in the bigger perspective, what's the point, is how I feel.