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Post How 'real' is the internet?

In #wota we were talking about how real the internet really is. Do you think that emotions are at stake when you make a post in the forum, or type out a line of chat? Or are you one who believes that this can be more real then real life itself?

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It is very easy to get emotionally involved with the people you meet over the internet!

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quote:
Originally posted by Caffeine:
In #wota we were talking about how real the internet really is. Do you think that emotions are at stake when you make a post in the forum, or type out a line of chat? Or are you one who believes that this can be more real then real life itself?



It all depends. If it's someone I respect or know personally, I might treat it the same as with real life. On the other hand, I never get upset by flames, insults, etc. Why? Because I don't give a damn what most of you people think. I don't know you, you don't know me, it's all just a fun little interaction.

Personally, I think that if you are emotionally hurt by something someone who doesn't know you said in a forum called the Asylum, you've got serious problems.

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Well, when one has no real life they rely on the net. Sad? Very. At least I can admit I'm a loser with no life though.

And since I tend to be an overly emotional person, things said online can effect me as much as they would in real life. Depending on how I'm feeling that day.

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quote:
Originally posted by Chantrea:

And since I tend to be an overly emotional person, things said online can effect me as much as they would in real life. Depending on how I'm feeling that day.




That's how I am. I treat people a little differently if I know them IRL, but I tend not to get upset over flames, unless I'm already in a bad mood...but then again, when I'm like that, someone could say something totally sweet to me, and I'd still rip their heads off. Usually, I just laugh at flames.


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Originally posted by Rabble Rouser:
That's how I am. I treat people a little differently if I know them IRL, but I tend not to get upset over flames, unless I'm already in a bad mood...but then again, when I'm like that, someone could say something totally sweet to me, and I'd still rip their heads off. Usually, I just laugh at flames.






You rock. You're just like me in a lot of ways!!

If a mod reads this thread, I'd like to donate 2 special points & 3 perversion points to Rabble Rouser. So she can feel special & have some ratings.


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*mumbles something about never being donated any points*

hmmm...
anyway.

The internet is a real thing! I think that it has a real effect on all of us, and you *MUST* care what people think of you, even if they are just 'people from the internet'. If you didn't then why would you still be here?

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i agree with rosh totally
(hahahah! how does that make you feel rosh!! )

just be ppl that i know as friends do i get upset if i upset them or if they shit on me
i suck
and i have no life

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Originally posted by Roshigoth:
...I don't know you, you don't know me,...




I know you.

Buahahahaha



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quote:
Originally posted by Chantrea:

You rock. You're just like me in a lot of ways!!

If a mod reads this thread, I'd like to donate 2 special points & 3 perversion points to Rabble Rouser. So she can feel special & have some ratings.





*sniffs*

I now have a point for compassion...I feel special now...thank you Chantrea! You should get points too!


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quote:
Originally posted by Caffeine:
*mumbles something about never being donated any points*

hmmm...
anyway.

The internet is a real thing! I think that it has a real effect on all of us, and you *MUST* care what people think of you, even if they are just 'people from the internet'. If you didn't then why would you still be here?





You're not deserving of my points, Mr Caffidinkicus. And of course I care what certain people online think about me. People I take the time to get to know personally, and people who take the time get to know me personally. I'll always care what they think of me, and of course I'd be hurt if they said something offensive to me.

Even if it is 'just' online, you can still form relationships of any kind, as long as your heart & mind are open.

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Originally posted by Chantrea:

You're not deserving of my points, Mr Caffidinkicus. And of course I care what certain people online think about me. People I take the time to get to know personally, and people who take the time get to know me personally. I'll always care what they think of me, and of course I'd be hurt if they said something offensive to me.

Even if it is 'just' online, you can still form relationships of any kind, as long as your heart & mind are open.




I hate you.

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I hate you.




Now, now, Skape...let's not hate!



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it can only be as real as you make it.

knowing is half the battle... *feels corny*

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quote:
Originally posted by Rabble Rouser:
Now, now, Skape...let's not hate!




Skape & I have a love/hate relationship. We are siblings afterall.

And I'm glad you got a rating!! That makes me happy.

Disclaimer: SkapeGoat & I are not actually related. This is an inside joke, which might not appear as humorous to anyone besides he & I. Thank you for your time.

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Disclaimer: SkapeGoat & I are not actually related. This is an inside joke, which might not appear as humorous to anyone besides he & I. Thank you for your time.




That's just what she wants to believe...

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Actually, Spooky is researching this very question, or so he told me yesterday.

Yes, the internet is very real to me. Kinda like what Caffiene said, these are real people. I act differently over the net than I do IRL, but since I have no RL, I live vicariously through here.

Spooky? Spooky?

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I hugged JoeyCat, she felt real...

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Originally posted by CAL:
...I will post more on this once I eat a bunch of chocolate chip cookies I'm baking.




You lowlife, scumsucking, slimey, cum packed, bag of vulture vomit (it really reeks, one whiff and you are guaranteed to hurl violently and yes, I know that from experience), There was no reason to mention CCC's.
Now I HAVE to talk Big Al into making cookies when she returns.
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The internet is a real thing! I think that it has a real effect on all of us, and you *MUST* care what people think of you, even if they are just 'people from the internet'. If you didn't then why would you still be here?




i don't care what words on a screen say about me. why is it so hard to disassociate from the internet? unless i've met you face to face, you're not my friend. i hope that doesn't "offend" anyone. i didn't come here looking for friends. i come to see other people's points of view, different opinions, and maybe interact with a name on the screen for a little while. there are some things here that have made me emotional, but in a different sense. some of redguard's posts have moved me to tears. but so can a book, or a picture. works of art can do that to you.
i respect many people here, and i am always open for a conversation or mail exchange. but the reality is, i'm never going to meet 95% of this forum. so why get emotionally attached?

"if you didn't why are you still here?"

i think that alot of people come here for an exchange of ideas and information. true, that is a form of attention, but not necessarily in the sense i assume that you mean. there are some people that come here to feed off of this place, to get some sense of "belonging" and worship. they feel they need perfect strangers telling them that they're pretty, that they're smart, special, etc. hence all the "i hate myself and i'm ugly. ( please post here and tell me that i'm not)" posts. but i think that for the most part, the community here is interested more in the intellectual, rather than the self-esteem boosts.


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I know that I make emotional reactions, and actions all the time when I am on the internet. If you can't care enough about what *REAL* people have to say about you, then I feel sorry for you.

No one really comes here looking for friends, everyone has their own reason, many of them overlapping. I am not just a name on the screen, I am a real person. Just because I know I might not meet you, doesn't mean I won't share my feelings with you, or become friends with you.

I have to agree with you, that most people do not come here looking for pity, or some sort of sorrow. People sometimes think the internet isn't as real as it is. When you type something out, real people are reading that, real people are reacting, and real people are caring.

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i don't care what words on a screen say about me. why is it so hard to disassociate from the internet? unless i've met you face to face, you're not my friend. i hope that doesn't "offend" anyone. i didn't come here looking for friends. i come to see other people's points of view, different opinions, and maybe interact with a name on the screen for a little while. there are some things here that have made me emotional, but in a different sense. some of redguard's posts have moved me to tears. but so can a book, or a picture. works of art can do that to you.
i respect many people here, and i am always open for a conversation or mail exchange. but the reality is, i'm never going to meet 95% of this forum. so why get emotionally attached?

"if you didn't why are you still here?"

i think that alot of people come here for an exchange of ideas and information. true, that is a form of attention, but not necessarily in the sense i assume that you mean. there are some people that come here to feed off of this place, to get some sense of "belonging" and worship. they feel they need perfect strangers telling them that they're pretty, that they're smart, special, etc. hence all the "i hate myself and i'm ugly. ( please post here and tell me that i'm not)" posts. but i think that for the most part, the community here is interested more in the intellectual, rather than the self-esteem boosts.







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quote:
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I know that I make emotional reactions, and actions all the time when I am on the internet. If you can't care enough about what *REAL* people have to say about you, then I feel sorry for you.

No one really comes here looking for friends, everyone has their own reason, many of them overlapping. I am not just a name on the screen, I am a real person. Just because I know I might not meet you, doesn't mean I won't share my feelings with you, or become friends with you.

I have to agree with you, that most people do not come here looking for pity, or some sort of sorrow. People sometimes think the internet isn't as real as it is. When you type something out, real people are reading that, real people are reacting, and real people are caring.




Yes, real people read it, react, etc. But the thing is, why should we care about the opinions of strangers? I don't care what half my classmates think of me. It's simply a matter of self-confidence. I don't draw my feeling of worth from others. I draw it from myself. If you aren't my friend (and as much as I like some of you, I'm similar to morgana in that if I haven't met you, I don't consider you a friend), I don't give a damn what you think of me. It has no bearing on the way I live my life.

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You lowlife, scumsucking, slimey, cum packed, bag of vulture vomit (it really reeks, one whiff and you are guaranteed to hurl violently and yes, I know that from experience), There was no reason to mention CCC's.
Now I HAVE to talk Big Al into making cookies when she returns.
bastard



You big pussy, you can't do it yourself? Shit... Go piss a stone!!

btw, along with the cold milk, they were damn fucking good...

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I consider myself to be open minded enough to give a damn what most people have to say, even if they are not a friend of mine. I'm just crazy in that sense.

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Yes, real people read it, react, etc. But the thing is, why should we care about the opinions of strangers? I don't care what half my classmates think of me. It's simply a matter of self-confidence. I don't draw my feeling of worth from others. I draw it from myself. If you aren't my friend (and as much as I like some of you, I'm similar to morgana in that if I haven't met you, I don't consider you a friend), I don't give a damn what you think of me. It has no bearing on the way I live my life.






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