• Author: xQMkrnYx

Is there anything worthwhile to do outside the Internet? I feel like I have been sheltered too much. The only time I go outside is either for school, or grocery shopping. This isn't normal, but I fail to see what's so interesting in the real world.


  • Author: uHQ+qvOM

The real world has physical people. Interacting with people in the real world is a lot different than it is on the net. You get this mutual feeling of togetherness when you're in the real world with other people, and it makes real life interactions a lot more fun. :smile:


  • Author: u7CkIi4d

If there’s nothing worthwhile to do outside the internet, then it’s because you’re poor (impoverished surroundings included).


  • Author: y1op5jbT

yes, you're just autistic


  • Author: xQMkrnYx

@2 It's true, but I have issues (won't mention them) that make it hard to socialize. I'm still trying, though! :nida:

@3 I figured that out a while ago. There's nothing to do since I'm poor and live in a poor neighborhood, and it sure feels like it won't get any better.


  • Author: uOWCoE8w

I don't think there is too many things to do. You can reach almost all kind of entertainment from your room, can learn literally everything and can talk more people than you ever could in real life. Occasionally meeting with irl people can be fun too, but I think it's not necessary to enjoy your life. I only go outside when I go to the shop once a week, I quit my job a while ago and I have never been so content with my life than nowadays.


  • Author: 3DKpTOtm

Internet friends aren't real unless you can see them: I believe firmly that meaningful interactions and friendships have a hard-requisite on physical presence, or at least the emulation of such (e.g. through video chat etc.) You can definitely argue against this, by noting how many people interact with eachother on Discord and similar platforms everyday, creating their own little social relationships w/o ever seeing each other. And yeah, people do seem to keep up with eachother on these platforms, so it kinda feels like what we'd call "making friends."

But considering IRL friends, when you're physically separated an IRL friend you have known for a while have no opportunity to see them it can feel like you are "drifting apart" because you don't see eachother, and after a while it can feel like you are becoming "old friends" faster, and that relationship slowly lingers and fades over time. And so if distance makes friendships break down, then Internet friends are not real QED


  • Author: u7CkIi4d

That does sound a bit tautological. Pen pals would write letters to each other by snail mail for years in the past probably without seeing each other aside from attached photographs. There are people who have talked for 10+ years online without ever meeting up. All those hours every day ought to count for something. And what if there's only ever a single meetup?

There are IRL friends who don't change and meeting them feels like catching up where you left off all those years ago. It's generally more difficult to reconnect with friends of circumstance when the coincidence that ties you together has passed. I think that it's not distance but time.


  • Author: 7PnYsY79

@6 I do agree that having an almost infinite supply of content on every subject or domain you could think of at your disposal is useful, and that online discussions (or even friendships, if that's what you were hinting at) can be worthwhile but the issue I have with the Internet and any kind of virtual medium is that it often amounts to nothing in real life. In my case, they can be great tools when used sensibly, and excessive use (that isn't used to learn new things) can be the sign of an unfulfilling life. It's another form of escapism, I think, and I do believe that real life experiences are better and more memorable, whether they be positive or negative.


  • Author: z9Owpjcd

(Oh man, my ID changes when I am posting from another device. @9 is me, just in case it's confusing.)


  • Author: z9Owpjcd

eh, that's nothing, it changes either way. Excuse me for the newfaggotry, and the triple post.


  • Author: wxAJNS5s

i would consider myself introvert since i need a lot of time alone, but if i stay sheltered in my room for too long i tend to get depressed. I started a job recently so daily interractions with coworkers are cozy once you get to know them.