Originally Posted by AyalaCookiejar
I am someone who thrives on personal connections with people. In other words, I would be more likely to save 1 acquaintance of mine from a car accident than 40,000 strangers in Peru from an earthquake (its a journal entry we had to do in English).
Before anyone jumps all over me for that comment, I'd like to point out that that is natural human emotion. It would probably be difficult for you to say you'd risk your partners life to save 40,000 strangers. Now, I know that seems completely irrelevant to the topic, but....
Yes, I do become fond of people, online or not. Although neither of our lives would end if one of us never got on this site again after today, we'd notice that the other was gone, but probably wouldn't notice other members who seem to just disappear (except, maybe, the ones that drive us nuts, and I've seen a few of them. Sorry, I can't stand constant atrocious spelling and repetitive comments that either don't have a thing to do with the thread topic or are short and completely unnecessary).
In a way, I think its easier to get to know someone online because you have to actually communicate with WORDS. Sitting beside someone playing video games doesn't really help you get to know each other. So no, I don't think its weird.
Also, I am having a hard time remembering what the relevance of that first paragraph was. I know I had a point to make but I think I lost it, lol.
Maybe the point will come back to you eventually, hehe.
I agree that communicating with words is a big factor, and why I feel closer to those I communicate with online than to those who I see in person. The reason for this is that I have a lot
of trouble dealing with people in person due to my anxiety, though I'm constantly working on that, and it is getting easier, but I find it much easier to really express myself through text, and find it a lot easier to really open up via text because for some reason when I'm writing rather than speaking, the right words come to mind more readily.
Another reason is the one you pointed out: the video game thing. It doesn't have to be video games though; most people I meet seem to not be happy hanging out with someone unless they're doing something, something that usually detracts from conversing and really getting to know the other person.
(I'm with you on your third paragraph about people driving you nuts with irrelevant, short comments... Yep...)