Have you ever stopped to wonder why it is that people who love science fiction also seem to display other behavioural characteristic that aren’t obviously associated with sci-fi?
Perhaps the most notable area in which this holds true is technology. The hit TV comedy series, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ fully explores this very thing of course – and to hilarious effect. But there are other aspects of life where the same thing seems to hold true.
Often, people who love science fiction seem a little less emotional than the mainstream population. Of course – there are positive and negative aspects to all such behavioural characteristics and you have to be careful in your choice of words, in this regard, not to put too positive or too negative a spin on things. So, from the negative side of the fence, it would be easy to criticise science fiction fans as being emotional cold fish, for example. But on the flipside, you may also describe someone displaying such characteristics as being able to remain calm in a crisis – controlling their emotions effectively and focussing on the task at hand.
Similarly, you might describe the typical sci-fi fan as something of a nerd with no fashion sense or individual style. On the other hand you might describe the same person as not being affected by the vagaries if life and concentrating, instead, on things that really matter.
It’s all a question of balance, nuance and trying to remain objective.
Where all this comes from is interesting too. If we consider the clichéd, archetypal profiles of individual countries, this may even be an evolutionary thing. So, for example, the archetypal Italian scooter-buzzing, fashion-conscious young male who is good at football and interested only in attracting members of the opposite sex with his good looks wouldn’t exactly be the sort of person you’d expect to have a keen interest in science fiction.
On the other hand, someone with more northern European, Anglo-Saxon type tendencies might well be a sci-fi aficionado. In countries like Germany, Denmark, Holland, Belgium and the Scandinavia countries – there is far more emphasis on the processes of technology and engineering, it’s fair to say, than on the end result. In other words – with one culture the focus is on the process by which something occurs and on improving those techniques etc., whilst on the other, the focus is only on what that process can deliver. Meanwhile, countries such as France and the UK which are more of a mix of these two cultures have a bit of both.
So, for example, the minimalist function over form Bauhaus Movement originated in Germany - combining crafts and the fine arts to memorable effect. Meanwhile, the Tuscan region of Italy is said to be home to more statues than the rest of Europe combined, and these exist purely for their beauty. One could argue that the typical science-fiction personality profile would have more in common with Bauhaus than art for art’s sake?
When it comes to sport, the typical sci-fi fan is either not at all interested, or a real aficionado – there seems to be little middle ground here. When it comes to gambling on sport, there’s a keenly analytical approach. So for example, gambling with a tech-based exchanged like Betfair whether in the casino or on individual sports is preferred for all the tools that can be employed by users on both sides of the market – as opposed to traditional bookmakers.
The trouble with all this personality analysis and sci-fi associated behaviours etc. is, of course, that it’s hugely over-simplified and begins to drift into dangerous territory if we aren’t careful. But it’s interesting nonetheless.
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