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    is it healthy for us to spend so much time on internet forums talking to complete strangers rather than interacting with the outside world? some say it can be good for u, others say it encourages deindividuation and decreases sociability.

    wots ur opinion?

    DAN GROVER
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    Well i run a successful teen discussion board myself, which i take personal credit for ruining people's A-Levels with - so yes, i'd say they are. But i wouldnt have it any other way!
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    (Original post by miss_lovely)
    say it encourages deindividuation and decreases sociability.
    well if you use net forums as a replacement for getting out and being involved with things / going on nights out, then yes - it would be bad for you. a lot of people seem to spend time on TSR when they're checking e-mails or supposedly working (which isn't doing much good for my degree atm!) i personally wouldn't spend time posting inane threads trying to chat to randoms but each to their own, TSR (as the obvious example) is a really good resource for helping people, finding stuff out and having interesting discussions with members of a shared interest and even meeting them, esp if you're at the same uni - but aside from that, there is a real world out there too!

    Edit: And TSR is hideously addictive!
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    (Original post by miss_lovely)
    is it healthy for us to spend so much time on internet forums talking to complete strangers rather than interacting with the outside world? some say it can be good for u, others say it encourages deindividuation and decreases sociability.

    wots ur opinion?

    DAN GROVER
    Well, I havn't stepped outside for 2 years now. Luckily I still have some friends in the real world who stuff big macs through my letter box (when they remember) so I can still eat without having to leave the house.
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    Really?
    I order things through the net and have it passed through the window.
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    (Original post by Howard)
    Well, I havn't stepped outside for 2 years now. Luckily I still have some friends in the real world who stuff big macs through my letter box (when they remember) so I can still eat without having to leave the house.
    I wish i had friends like that.

    I just knaw at my own flesh!
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    (Original post by ayaan)
    Really?
    I order things through the net and have it passed through the window.
    The Meals on Wheels service is excellent where I am. I'm going to need some assistance from "home help" turning over in bed soon though because of all the bed sores. I'm not looking forward to that much human contact.
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    Im on a lot of forums and still manage to have a healthy social life so i dont see it as a problem
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    answer = yes
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    Depends on how you percieve it: are we complete strangers? Yes, sort of, but in others ways not. I mean, there are sub-forums for most interests and you meet like minded people there, even if you don't know them face to face. But I wouldn't call them a "stranger" though, essentially, you could say that's what they really are. I don't mind speaking to anyone but I know when to be weary as well. I try not to judge too much basically and be open.

    I also visit other forums, one I mod, and some because of my outside interests. I have time to socialise and go out still. I think it's ok as long as you balance everything out. Don't spend day and night in forums I think.

    The other question: is the forum in question, "addictive"? - lol.
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    LOL @ Howard, Ayaan and Jjuk.

    They are addictive, yes, but not to the extent that you Have to get online every day to check for updates.
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    (Original post by miss_lovely)
    is it healthy for us to spend so much time on internet forums talking to complete strangers rather than interacting with the outside world? some say it can be good for u, others say it encourages deindividuation and decreases sociability.

    wots ur opinion?
    How exactly does the expression of one's opinion encourage "deindividuation" and decreased "sociability".

    And, no, forums are not "becoming too addictive". They are, if they are addictive (which I don't think they are), as addictive now as when they started back in the days of old (when NNTP first started seems like an easy arbitrary date).
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    (Original post by hugatree)
    They are addictive, yes, but not to the extent that you Have to get online every day to check for updates.
    True. I visit each forum every 2-3 days but check my uni email everyday for changes to lectures and so on.
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    they are addictive, why else eould you come back? wheter it is everyday or once a week, you still return.
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    I'm on here whenever I'm supposed to be working (job, nevermind uni!)...and also browse through 'my' 8/10 sites every couple of hours, half of which are forums.

    It's good because you don't have to talk about sh*t to people. You can have those debates/discussions about 'specific' stuff that rarely crops up in everyday real life because you never get enough interested people in one place. 'Popular culture, the footie, TV soaps etc are the topics of choice in real life...and i don't give one hoot about them. In my case a particular example might be skydiving...of little interest anyone but a few thousand people around the world, and an absolute bore to the other 2bn people. Thank ***** for forums, else i'd be going mad and driving a lot of people mad...

    Balance is key though. You definitely can't 'live' online. That asian dude that forgot to eat is a testament to that....
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    Forums such as TSR offer the chance to talk to people of a similar age and also discuss a wide range of things. While chat might be a spam fest, other forums, like H&R do offer a lot of help to people. D+D allows people to discuss things with likeminded people, something that they might have no means of doing in real life. While it is important to make sure that you don't just plug yourself into a forum for every waking hour, there is no harm with being an active member.
 
 
 
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