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Post Reply Do people online really have such depressing lives?
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Posted 5/19/15
I hate my life. I will not lie.
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Posted 5/19/15
I'm not the generation that grew up with Internet and I think that there are specific pressures that come from online presence: basically your id meets everyone else's superego. That said, I don't see a lot of depressed people online in the sites I visit.
Posted 5/19/15
Maybe.
Some people lie about it. Some people tell the truth.
I personally would not blurt my whole life story out on the internet.
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Its no denying that people who spent a lot of time online live less active lifes. Otherwise, they would have no time to be online that much. - However, some people are fine with that.
Posted 5/20/15
Yeah my life is shit. That's why I am on the internet so much.
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That's kind of the boon of the online community as well as its curse. People with less friends will seek social interaction online more, but at the same time a forum isn't the same as being in the same room or hanging out with someone.

As you get older your societal structure changes. When your young its much easier to find group things to do because of school but beyond that age making friends can be a bit of a daunting challenge, especially if you have niche interests like anime (and I know things are getting more popular, but other than cons its hard to meet other peeps like me).

That's kind of what happened to me, after school and college, all my old friends went their seperate ways in life and its kind of been hard to feel connected to people, so right now I want to focus on writing my books to make some money and have enough financial freedom to actively seek out new friendships rather than having "co-worker" friends which I don't have any real connection to.
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_MissTake_ wrote:

Probably real since people with actual "interesting, fun, happy" lives are too busy living those lives out in the real world to post about it on the internet.


This.

I'm only speaking from my own experiences, but whenever I go through phases where I get too attached to being online I'm also feeling pretty depressed. When I'm happier I'm constantly going out and doing different things. I had a phase when I finished high-school where I did nothing but surf the net for like 6 months and I was physically and mentally in the worst shape of my life. Never left the house or spoke to anyone. Was frail thin and took pain-killers and other drugs because I felt it made me feel happier. Was extremely lonely and depressed. As horrible as this sounds, the only reason I snapped out of that hell was because I ran out of drugs and couldn't tolerate that lifestyle if I wasn't high as a kite. If I were sober I would have went insane.

Anyways, I think moderation is key.



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Being online to me is much more about boredom than anything else.



CSPower wrote:

i thinks everyone everywhere is depressed. Anime watchers have usually seen fucked up $hit sooo... were some of the more depressed people?


I've watched anime since the 1980s and I don't think any of the anime is quite as f*ed up as some of the shows on HBO (Sopranos, Game of Thrones...)

Well, okay, the original Berserk was kinda f*ed up but still.
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life is beautiful~
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Posted 5/20/15
On the internet people don't hide as much as they would in real life so you've not noticed that a lot of people live shitty lives, that's all, don't be silly.
Posted 5/20/15

narfington wrote:

I have a pretty good life. I just don't like myself.


I like you. You're my friend.
Posted 5/20/15

Cenric wrote:

Personally I don't think my life is that bad but I sometimes post like it is cause I'm messed up inside and sometimes everything just feels depressing. I guess when you're writing stuff online those inner feelings come out easier than in real life.


Sunshineeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee~ <3
Posted 5/20/15

GayAsianBoy wrote:

Objectively, life is boring. It just coincides with the symptoms of depression. But being bored does not necessarily mean depressed.

Why do we create entertainment if life is intrinsically fun? You can only get so much out of looking at the sky or rainbows.




In addition, the more intelligent you are, the harder it is to please you. E.g. little kids are dumb and underdeveloped, right? They get entertained so easily. Like blowing bubbles can make them happy.

Or when they're crying, and I'm singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars out of tune to them, they'll stop and smile. If i did that to an adult, they would be annoyed.


Sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to me when I'm sad............... o.o
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Well at least for me that is not the case. Even at the moment I do almost everything online or computer, my free time activities, long distance relationship and school stuffs, I never really feel bored. I just love playing games, watching anime/series, to draw, or just chatting online with nice people. Working out multiple times a week is pretty much only thing that I can't do on a computer.

Even so I have some close friends irl who I enjoy seeing time to time, and lately some guys that aren't close friends to me are asking me to hangout more and more. But I feel with some of those people I don't have much in common, or with some anything at all which I find a way more boring than being online. One friend that I don't have anything in common, is asking me out for a party for next weekend. If there won't be any other friends that I know, I don't even feel like going. I don't really care to meet more people that I know I won't have anything in common... also I'm very quiet around people I don't know well and I'm not yet comfortable to be around with. Sometimes I wonder why they are so persistent asking me, and last time the guy said I'm a different kind of person in the group but in a good way. I guess the hardest person to know is yourself.

I rather be online talking with nice people or doing anything that I like, than offline and doing stuff with people that I don't really care about. I think being offline is nice but only with the right people.
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My lifes fucking awesome. Friends, GF, and decent musical talent.
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