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    this is a topic less looked at by people because it is now seen as normal, but the world is changing allot and some people find it hard to talk to people in real life because people have grown up to judge people by looks other than there personality.
    this has been a large problem recently one that many of my friends have been having trouble with because of people either being selective or isolated now days it is harder to make friends without a friend with you, so they resort to the internet to try and meet someone that wont judge them from looks but from what they type/send to each other this is now being ruined by people thinking of it as a chat site and trying to prey on young girls and boys (mainly girls) that want to be able to talk to someone, sometimes you can meet some really nice people on the internet who want to help and just talk not for sexual purposes this number is getting smaller and smaller.
    i want to hear peoples veiws on this... "will you be my friend?"


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    I think the fault lies in the expectation. Simply chatting via different social media devices will not establish a meaningful friendship. In the end you will have to eventually meet that person face to face. Then the real selective process, the one that we have evolved over thousands of years, will kick in. So you're right back where you started, less an introduction.


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    The internet allows you to do a lot of presorting. I post here, I am not chatting with random people, I am chatting with people interested enough in science to seek out a web site called the science forum. I could meet a hundred random people on the street and likely not find more than one with as much interest in science as the average poster here. Its a way to find people with common interests.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danhanegan View Post
    The internet allows you to do a lot of presorting. I post here, I am not chatting with random people, I am chatting with people interested enough in science to seek out a web site called the science forum. I could meet a hundred random people on the street and likely not find more than one with as much interest in science as the average poster here. Its a way to find people with common interests.
    Nice danhanegan. I must admit that is why I post on this forum. It is quite an engaging community here and an excellent venue to clarify some of the deep down thoughts you might have about life, the universe and everything. As time goes on, even with all the bickerings, I start to see personalities and a pulse arising from this disparate group of anonymous 'handles' present on this forum to the point where I draw quite an attachment to all of them. I do enjoy this community and hope that long may it last. :-)
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    Before radio and television, guess what people did for hours every evening. Hint: most homes had writing desks, sometimes little fold-out affairs, sometimes whole studies. Hint: the post came twice a day, or more frequently in cities like London.

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    I can only speak personally about this, but I find it easier to communicate with new people over the internet than face to face. I'm not terrific in social situations (though I still make friends and acquaintances), but over the internet, I feel unhindered my my poor social graces. One of the biggest downsides to communication over the internet, the lack of responsibility for what you say, actually helps me be less anxious conversing with new people.

    Were I put into a physical room with all of you, I probably wouldn't approach a group in a conversation or even start up my own. I'd be the guy standing by the punch bowl staring at the ground.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    I'd be the guy standing by the punch bowl staring at the ground.
    I'd be the guy drinking the punch bowl then lying on the ground.
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