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Posted 3/11/17 , edited 4/23/17
"Did you know that teachers ship their students?"

I read the above on an tumblr post and a youtube comment (sentence is structured differently but means more or less that). Then I hear people 'ship' strangers they see who look good together in their opinion.

In the country where I live in, I think the only people who use the word 'ship'/'shipping' are the otakus or those in a fandom who are familiar with the word. here, a 'ship' is a 'love team' and the popular ones are actors/actresses. I dunno how it is everywhere else but you see, if you see most shows here, you'll probably see the same set of boy and girl playing the lead roles. If their current series ends, they'd get a new one featuring them if they get popular. Their fans don't just 'ship' their roles, they get shipped, too because they seem to have chemistry or they're actually together in real life whether or not it's true or a publicity stunt. If anyone, especially another actor/actress gets linked or involved with them, those people get bashed by the fandom through social media.

Truth be told, I'm weirded out by the idea of shipping real people. I mean, they're real, have their own lives and isn't it rude? I get it if you ship the characters they play and couldn't imagine those characters looking like anyone else but them but shipping the actual people seems rather strange and wrong... I mean if they do love each other or one of them has some kind of one-sided thing for someone and you wish to support them, then I guess it's fine but supporting a relationship that might not really exist is just...

What do you guys think?

EDIT:

Well, many people have mentioned matchmaking here but I was actually thinking along the lines of a non-professional pairing people up out of a whim or something?

Uh, how to explain... like example is a friend of yours thinks you're perfect for this guy and even if you don't actually like the other person, that friend of yours will do things to make sure you two have 'moments' together. Like in the post I mentioned about teachers shipping students: someone replied to that saying their teachers actually pair up two kids they think look good together as partners for a project and stuff.
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A large portions of Mothers/Grandmothers have done it. Unlike other people they usually try and make them an actual couple. This has been going on for generations and is essentially the norm.

In my opinion it's no different than someone thinking "I like that person we should get together." or a teacher thinking "This person could be a great Football player, I should encourage them to try out." People think about what another person should or shouldn't do or be a part of all the time. Therefore; harmlessly thinking that two people should be together and not doing anything about it doesn't really mean much in the grand scheme of things.
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It's fine, to me. People tend to pair off people, regardless of whether or not the term "shipping" is used. This sort of thing has long, long proceeded the term, much less, anime and manga. Think the legends of Cleopatra and Marc Antony, versus Cleopatra and Julius Caesar. For me to consider it "rude," I must imagine pushy fanaticism that borders on delusion, possibly going beyond. That sort of mindset is actually quite rare. Most people who "ship" know full well that the pairings, of both fantasy and real people, are imaginary.
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People have played matchmaker ever since two single-celled organisms discovered that diversification is a viable survival strategy. People have felt uncomfortable about old biddies picking out their wives and husbands ever since they hit adolescence.

I think people should stay out of other people's beds, or at least keep their heated fantasies to themselves. If they can't do that, I don't know.
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someone plz ship me
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HateKillingCamels wrote:

someone plz ship me


It is too bad, but they shut down Alcatraz and Australia went to the dingoes. You're just going to have to wait for the Venus colony before you can be shipped.
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I think everyone does it.
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no one ships me either
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All shipping is stupid unless it's me x one of my favourite 2d characters.
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It's annoying, so annoying. And if you don't actually like the person you're being shipped with, things get awkward. You can't be in the same room as that person without someone saying some dumb crap about shipping and being couples. Next thing you know you are actively avoid people.

Also, when people ship you with people you barely know they are usually doing based off of how they view you as a person. Oh, you wear glasses and you are a nerd, look he wears glasses and is also a nerd! You guys are perfect! Geez thanks
Posted 3/11/17
When I first heard shipping it was on here actually? I had never heard that word used in everyday life?
My take on it is people can choose who they want to associate with so i find it stupid. I understand
sometimes family members nudge you to get together or what not, but again it's up to the individual
I do not use the word [shipping] in everyday life and like I said earlier I find it silly.
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in the case parents or grandparents, close friends etc might ship 2 people together because they think they would be suitable mates for each other and may try and get them together sort of like a soft arranged marriage just the possible couple having more say in the matter then the person arranging it i guess could say.
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ship me and I will sue you for using my likeness without my permission.
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There's nothing new about matchmaking. I've had a teacher,a sibling, a neighbour, a friend and even my mother attempt to do that at one point.
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Yeah, I remember that some people in my friend group in school used to ship some of us together. But to be honest, unless the person is outright uncomfortable with it, or you're doing it without their knowledge, I don't really see the harm (although imo it's kinda stupid). Whenever my friends have been shipped together though, it's never worked out.
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