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Re: Social Phobia and Internet Survey Cass

Posted by Oddzilla on July 16, 2000, at 18:33:20

In reply to Re: Social Phobia and Internet Survey Oddzilla, posted by Cass on July 16, 2000, at 0:21:58

I wasn't thinking of anything in particular when I wrote that it was just an overall impression. Maybe I should have said socially adept or at ease. You seem to post to a variety of people and in a variety of moods, from playful to serious to very candid about painful issues. And you posted LOLs to my lame jokes a couple of time which of course is a way of reaching out to another person. I guess that's what I meant.

Interacting with people online is almost as stressful as face to face for me especially in realtime. And of course on message boards anything you post is exposed to the public censure forever (as if anyone really cares). I think if I could convince myself to really roleplay and practice socializing it might carry over to real life, but I'm just not very flexible.

I like to sort of get to know people like on this board but I could never think of them as real friends. That may just be me. But something about being with people in person is different. Even sitting next to a stranger on an airplane and talking or listening seems more like friendship.

I read another depression board for a while and everyone was constantly announcing they loved each other and sending out massive "cyberhugs".
It just all seemed slightly bizarre to me, although it would have been very comforting if I could have bought in to it.

On the other hand I do care about people here and really miss them when they stop posting, but if they announced they didn't have money for their medicine, I wouldn't send them any. But for the stranger on the airplane, I would probably at least chip in to help. O.




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