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New Poll - Blind vs Deaf
The "mute" option so overwhelming won that it's not interesting, so we're redoing the poll without that option. Now struggle with your choices.

You can submit poll ideas here
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Previous Poll Results:
Question: Would you rather be
Choices:
Mute - votes: 3581 (92.3%)
Blind - votes: 61 (1.6%)
Deaf - votes: 237 (6.1%)
There were 3879 total votes.
The poll ended: November 13th 2021
Posted by lambchopsil on 
November 13th 6:38pm
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» amy_levi on November 13th, 2021, 11:48am

Well, it was obvious that "mute" would win easily, come on... It doesn't surprise anyone, I'm sure. Aaaand- it's also obvious that "deaf" will win this time. Too easy, IMHO, sorry.

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» deadphoenix on November 13th, 2021, 12:07pm

No one want to be blind.
If you're blind you can't read manga.

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» KaoriNite on November 14th, 2021, 7:47am

Quote from deadphoenix
No one want to be blind.
If you're blind you can't read manga.

I'd prefer it to being deaf. I'd still be able to listen to music. And you can use audio books or screen readers for reading.

Quote from Ceiye
Well, I know some people who are legally blind but can still somewhat see. If it's just to that extent, I'd rather be partially blind more than completely deaf.

Yep there's a difference between being legally blind and not being able to see at all. And it's the same with hearing, someone can be considered deaf but still be able to hear up to a certain level. But I'm assuming for this poll, they are asking if people would rather be completely blind or completely deaf.

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» residentgrigo on November 13th, 2021, 12:20pm

Here is a better question:
Would you rather be Blind or lose All your Other Senses instead? Let's just stick to the other 4 you learn of as a kid and not be scientifically accurate as there are way more than 5. Going with sight over all other senses might be rather dangerous. I might do even that but I would need to ask a doctor or 2 first.

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» hkanz on November 13th, 2021, 4:42pm

Deaf. Lack of hearing can be compensated for with sign language, lip reading, closed captions etc. but there’s really nothing adequate to replace vision.

Quote from residentgrigo
Here is a better question:
Would you rather be Blind or lose All your Other Senses instead? Let's just stick to the other 4 you learn of as a kid and not be scientifically accurate as there are way more than 5. Going with sigh over all other senses might be rather dangerous but I might do even that but I would need to ask a doctor or 2 first.


My first thought was ‘lose all my other senses’ but then I remembered touch. Not sure how functional one could be without touch.

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» VawX on November 14th, 2021, 12:50am

I believe it would be near impossible to walk or chew if you can't feel anything mmm...
You need to carefully see every of your action or you'll just die touching or eating something wrong mmm...

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» hkanz on November 14th, 2021, 4:58pm

Quote from VawX
I believe it would be near impossible to walk or chew if you can't feel anything mmm...
You need to carefully see every of your action or you'll just die touching or eating something wrong mmm...


I have to think there would be constant injuries unless you were bedridden. Sprained fingers come to mind (shudder).

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» hahhah42 on November 14th, 2021, 6:02pm

There's an old series of fantasy novels, "The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant", in which the title character has completely lost his sense of touch due to leprosy. So he makes various adjustments to his daily life to deal with this, almost to the point of OCD, before he starts getting isekaied into a fantasy land where he sometimes recovers. This creates significant dissonance for him, since believing in the fantasy land and his recovery risks losing his necessary behavioral adjustments in the real world.

Not that I recommend the series, mind you, unless you have a strong stomach for and purple prose.

As to the poll, I recall reading an article some years back which claimed studies showed that going deaf is one of the very few things that has a consistently big long-term negative impact on people psychologically, and listed blindness among various surprising things that does not. Google isn't finding it for me now, though, and I haven't found any proper comparative studies to support the claim, either...

Anyway, going deaf seems more isolating under normal circumstances, as far as in-person interactions are concerned. I've encountered several blind people in the course of my hobbies, but no deaf people—and these are activities that'd normally be considered mostly visual. If current conditions continue indefinitely, however, I'd prefer deafness to blindness.

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» hkanz on November 15th, 2021, 7:30pm

That’s an interesting premise. I despise purple prose though!

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» hahhah42 on November 15th, 2021, 9:26pm

If I recall correctly, the leprosy is most heavily explored in the first trilogy. The author spent some of his childhood growing up near a leper colony in India, where his father worked as a missionary doctor, so his take on the disease and the behavioral mitigations for it is well-informed based on the medical knowledge from the time.

I read the first 6 books over 20 years ago, so I don't recall too many specifics. I do remember that both the third and sixth book worked as stopping points, and some comments around the web suggest the prose isn't as bad in the first 3 books as the rest of the series. Came back to the final four books a few years ago when I heard they'd finished, and they were a real slog.

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» alidan on November 16th, 2021, 1:16am

your existence becomes far more annoying, constantly needing to check to see if anything is wrong with you for almost anything. let's take a slip on ice for instance, we get up and we know whats wrong almost instantly, and we have experience falling so we know how to take it, but remove touch and now, you may not have taken the fall correctly and put far to much force on a part of the body that shouldn't have taken that force.

chewing could also be be bad, imagine biting your lip but never stopping because there is no pain. its not impossible to live like this, just very annoying.

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» Nekore on November 17th, 2021, 11:16pm

blind because we have more than 4 other senses (though a lot are under touch technically like hot), you also lose your sense of body position, for example with your eyes closed you would have no idea where your head is pointed at.

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» Dragoness on November 13th, 2021, 4:17pm

Be unable to read manga or be unable to listen to music.
Hearing aids seem to be getting better so...

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» Ceiye on November 13th, 2021, 4:20pm

Hm... Well, I know some people who are legally blind but can still somewhat see. If it's just to that extent, I'd rather be partially blind more than completely deaf.

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» kurotaito on November 13th, 2021, 9:26pm

Same thoughts. I picked blind by the way. I just couldn't cope without hearing. My anxiety would be through the roof.

(Though, I am consider partially blind by the government metrics, but corrective glasses fix that for me.)

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» redlinks on November 13th, 2021, 9:03pm

I'm already deaf in one ear so I guess I might as well be full blown deaf lol. I'd rather see things than not. With sight, I can still at least watch anime, watch movies or youtube videos with subtitles, and read manga. I can also see faces, nature, and all sorts of wonderful things.

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» Peep on November 14th, 2021, 9:34am

I picked deaf cause unless I'd get some powers like Daredevil (Matt Murdock) then I'd have to drop all sports and outdoor exercise, as well as leaving myself at the mercy of strangers - that they don't scam you or attack and rob you.

I have a question though, because a lot of people mention legally blind. Is the blind/deaf thing just some disability we'd have that falls within the legal extent of it or fully blind/deaf? Also, is it a disability or some weird magic curse type thing? Cause for the medical one, like mute, there is an option to use this strip thing/tattoo that goes on a person's throat. So is the use of medical tech allowed as a work around?

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» Joese on November 15th, 2021, 10:15am

I put deaf . I guess it's because I'd just finished reading ,but after thinking again I'd prefer being blind because it's way too difficult to effectively communicate if you're deaf.

I would't be able to cope with thinking faster than I can communicate, while not being able to use my hands at the same time (or in the case you can speak, having to pay atención to the interlocutor without looking at what you're doing) ,I'd feel really frustrated .Not being able to communicate in other languages orally is also a big barrier. (Sign language isn't unified either).

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» alidan on November 16th, 2021, 1:09am

for anyone that doesn't know, deaf is not silence, typically you have tinnitus sound\s. so that's all you 'hear' from then on...

honestly, if I went deaf now, I would at least be able to more easily acquire something to end that existence once the constant noise got to me.

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» mallika23 on November 17th, 2021, 2:05am

Well, this is a "manga"updates site.. so I think the majority of us wouldn't want to be blind?
I think braille and audio books in my native language is still quite limited too. I prefer to learn sign language instead..

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» Nekore on November 17th, 2021, 11:17pm

I do love my music but I would live with the memories of it as blindness leaves you too dependent

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