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"Meatspace is a dysphemism for real life or the physical world, and conceived as the opposite of cyberspace or virtual reality. The term originated in science fiction literature, specifically the cyberpunk genre, but it has become increasingly common in general usage, as a reference to transactions or interactions which occur in the presence of physical bodies ("meat"), rather than online or electronically. One might also talk about doing something "in the meat" as a way of saying it isn't being done online. The term may be used as a conscious rejection of the derogatory connotations inherent in the term "real life" and the implication that interactions in cyberspace are less real or meaningful than physical interactions."--Sholem Stein


"Enabled us to travel in meatspace, the windshield, our TV screen, a constantly changing panorama as we raced out of the past through the present and into the future. Signs in bars said, Free Beer Tomorrow. It's time travel on the surface of the ..."--Beatdom: Issue One (1985) by David Wills

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Face time is interaction or contact between two or more people at the same time and physical location. Face time therefore occurs in "real life" or "meatspace" and contrasts primarily with interaction or contact which occurs over distance (eg. via telephone) and/or electronically (eg. via email, instant messaging, e-commerce, or computer simulations).

The term was originally a colloquialism but has entered the vernacular with the increasing number of people throughout the world who commonly and extensively rely on telecommunications and the internet for personal and business communication.

"Face time" was a primary theme in Douglas Coupland's novel Microserfs.

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