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>> No. 29019 Anonymous
21st October 2019
Monday 7:32 pm
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I honestly can't stand it any more.

The internet is breaking my faith in the human species and I need a break from it. Doesn't matter where you go. Chan boards? Infested with alt-right mouthbreathers. Reddit? The opposite brand of people with mind-worms so powerful they think the holodomor was a good thing. Video game sites? Corporate shills and pay-pig knuckle draggers. Obscure nerd hobby forum? Autism so powerful you can't even risk making a joke. Twitter? Let's not even go there, honestly.

Talking to randoms online has always felt like a beneficial exposure to differing ideas and opinions, but nowadays I'm starting to feel like participating in anything resembling the typical modern social media culture simply isn't good for me. Maybe I'm getting old, maybe everyone is just a dickhead, maybe I'm just a dickhead; but I used to be one of the people with ideals and some hope to change the world for the better. Ten years on, the kids have decided what I believe in is outdated, and that I'm pretty much the reincarnation of Hitler for every questioning the new orthodoxies of thought.

I'll be the first to admit I don't exactly have a busy social life in the real world. I'm working on changing that, but there are times I'm not feeling up to it, so I rely on the internet as a crutch. It's those times where I feel incredibly isolated without it, but exposing myself to the widespread toxicity of the internet at large any more is almost certainly unhealthy by this point.

What can I do?
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>> No. 29020 Anonymous
21st October 2019
Monday 7:55 pm
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You’ve figured it out yourself already, I think.

>I’ll be the first to admit I don’t exactly have a busy social life in the real world.

When it comes to cyberspace, I can’t recommend anywhere better than otherplace/sp/ for a fast paced global chat and a little golden kernel of free thought, although it suffers from the bollocks brought by genuine /pol/ fucks.

But no matter how many times I read your post it feels like you’re looking for something else to use as a crutch.

Whinge for contribution of little value.
>> No. 29021 Anonymous
21st October 2019
Monday 8:04 pm
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>What can I do?

Find better Chans. They do exist but I'm not posting any of my secret gardens here.
>> No. 29022 Anonymous
21st October 2019
Monday 9:10 pm
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Internet is an echo chamber where you go when you want to smell your own farts (amplified). I have stopped interacting with real people in 2011, but I remember that the Meetup and the Couchsurfing platforms were good places to meet decent people in RL. Maybe you can give it a try.
>> No. 29023 Anonymous
22nd October 2019
Tuesday 7:38 pm
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I've thought the same for a while.
>> No. 29024 Anonymous
22nd October 2019
Tuesday 9:40 pm
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I've been going to church as a Catholic most of my life. Myself and some of the other lads have been getting shitfaced after mass every Sunday. I really look forward to Sundays. Religious people really aren't that religious for the record, and it can be an easy place to make a few pals to drink with mate. Given, I am in central London, so I'm not sure how populated things are in your area. Mass in your area might be a bunch of old people singing Jesus songs.
>> No. 29028 Anonymous
23rd October 2019
Wednesday 5:34 pm
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OP here. I doubt that's really an option for me, considering I'm exactly the sort of person a Christian might assume to be a devil worshipper, and if they were to delve into my creative output over the years might find a considerable body of evidence to support such a claim.

Once, when I worked in a shop, a frightened looking woman gave me a leaflet about salvation after I'd finished serving her. I recall finding it incredibly rude.
>> No. 29030 Anonymous
23rd October 2019
Wednesday 6:25 pm
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I find it's very easy for the chans to sweep me along with poor worldviews and 'reality tunnels'. It's times like those when it helps me to remember the sea is still rolling - moment after moment going in and out for eternity (at least as i could percieve it). Life goes on, those people on the beach aren't the people in my mind - for one i didn't even imagine if they're have hair. It's all too easy to think your ideas exist in the real world, when in reality everything is far to complex for us to get even a momentary grasp of (though it seems the strive to hold it is as important as letting go).

It might take a few days, perhaps longer, but i usually find getting some fresh air helps. Sit at a park side with a mug of tea, listening to the world go by. There's more beauty about this existance than we might usually think. Just need some environmental enrichment.
>> No. 29036 Anonymous
23rd October 2019
Wednesday 8:51 pm
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>What can I do?

Get outside, the internets isn't real.
>> No. 29082 Anonymous
25th November 2019
Monday 3:30 am
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>Chan boards? Infested with alt-right mouthbreathers

As someone that's been on a certain imageboard on-and-off for what'll be ten years in 2020, I know how you feel, m8. I hate these people about as much as those redditors you mentioned. I just saw that this meme (a meme that was part of the reason I really grew sick of the place) is apparently now so ubiquitous that it's trended on knowyourmeme:


Maybe I'm also just getting older, but the lack of any kind of civility online is just tiring to me, now. The internet has rarely ever been civil, but *at least* I knew there was an element of freedom of expression, as older people still didn't quite understand what kids did. Now we're not even gonna have that. All the places I've browsed for years are full and under a corporate thumb that once wasn't there, and if they are there, the place quickly becomes full of childish ideologues and oh-so hilarious memers.

What I will say is that I agree very much with this lad >>29030. I'm very lucky that I have a friend who thinks similarly to me, but he's admittedly also a lot more socially mature, less anxious. He thinks many of the things I think, but he's also just a kind, grounded person. He was once a lot more addicted to chans and the internet, but he hasn't been for years, now. He focuses on the outside world, and he just seems happier for it. Thinking of him keeps me remembering that the world outside, at least as it currently is, doesn't really give a shit about most of us, and that those that concern themselves with the internet too much are the ones ultimately doing themselves harm. They think they're so smart, so learned, so funny, but they're rarely making the difference that they think they are.

I guess to just summarise: The world does keep turning. And unless we hear nuclear sirens going off or you see tanks rolling down your street; then you've got the rest of your life to go out and enjoy it. I'd recommend getting the money together to visit national parks, forests, museums, etc. Don't mind the weather, just give it a go. It'll at least remind you that you're alive.
>> No. 29575 Anonymous
28th March 2020
Saturday 1:33 am
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Ive had the same thoughts recently.

This might sound a little forward, but I feel a weird affinity with you after reading your post and I feel like I'd love to get to know you
>> No. 29576 Anonymous
28th March 2020
Saturday 3:23 am
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In the space of fifteen years, online discourse has gone from isolated communities astonished to discover how many different points of view there are around the world, to becoming a hyperpartisan, hyperpolitical clusterfuck.

I don't post much any more, because I can tell that taking sense isn't doing any good. And that's, reassuringly, why arguing on the internet has got worse- because millions of us have attained enlightenment and bugged out of it. There are lots of us out there but we don't realise it because we've stopped communicating our presence.

I think a lot of us have used the internet to cathartically purge ourselves of a lot of the ugliness we see in others and have gone on to start families and have careers and such.

Meaningful conversation with the good guys tends to be brief. The good guys don't argue. They politely inform one another of facts, briefly research to confirm veracity, and thank each other for shoring up one another's ignorance. Conversation with the bad guys is a Sisyphean exercise in masochism, where they learn nothing and the only lesson you can learn is to not bother. So their rambling bleats tend to dominate message boards and such like.
>> No. 29577 Anonymous
28th March 2020
Saturday 7:45 am
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Try getting pen pals. I had one for a while a few years back where we solely communicated via email and I found it rather cathartic. A nice break from everything else online where you're generally getting instant responses and quickly disposable stimulation; you can properly reflect and think about what you're trying to say.

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