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Wednesday, October 01, 2008


Why Are We Here Anyway??
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A news story has pointed out yet another way in which I'm just plain weird.

Men happiest online, women prefer family time: poll
"Just over half of men said happiness meant surfing the Internet, playing online games or accessing social network sites such as Facebook, compared with only 39 percent of women.

Fifty-five percent of women said having meals and spending time together as a family made them happiest, compared to 45 percent of men. Women are also more likely than men to have been made happy by their pets.

More men than women, 48 percent versus 40 percent, found happiness being intimate with another person while 38 percent of men, and only 28 percent of women, said drinking with friends brought them joy."

Now, I've been online meeting people since I was 10 years old (1981, waaaay pre-internet).  And that's what  it always has been for me - a mechanism to meet people.  It's fun to just poke around and be nerdy with networky stuff, but that's not the point.

I'm online _all_ _the_ _time_.  But I am not here to kill time, or kill your dudes and take over your base (even in a game, the best part for me is the chat box on the side).  I like the actual interaction that takes place, and have come to expect that it leads to real-life connections.  Is this so odd?

In the old days of the dial-up boards, it was natural that we got together - everyone was a local call away (except for a few folks who had some clever dial-arounds or used hopping services).  There were weekly get togethers, and usually a monthly party (I hosted a couple - with my wife I met on one board).  In the years since then, I've done booze-ups with netizens in Boston, Atlanta, and half of the UK.  Ok, the UK part is a little odd... but they're good folk.

How else in the world do people meet?  I've just never known.

Oh, since I'm back on a dating site, from which I've found some of the best and worst moments of my life, this question is particularly timely.   The caption to that news story is especially amusing today.

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i'm not sure if it's "where you meet" or moreover, how you connect....i mean, you could meet at church, for crissake, and wind up terribly wrong for eachother...but then one day you're sitting on a park bench and you look up and *boompow* that's it, you're golden for tha rest of your life....i dunno, but i sho'nuff know it ain't easy....they say "when you stop looking you find it" but who are "they" and for that matter, who am i to say....but good luck with that, cuz ya, it sho'nuff ain't easy, but it'll sho'nuff find ya....

Posted by tina on Oct 1, 2008 4:52 PM
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i can't believe you didn't even mention the awesome myspace party at the handlebar. remember the throngs and throngs of friends, coming together to meet in real life for the first time...that was awesome.

Posted by julia cool boots on Oct 2, 2008 10:35 AM
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All four of us... yeah that was awesome! ;-)

I've been wanting to see the myspace 'groups' take off better than they have. I think the default homepage layout just doesn't point people there very well.

Posted by HVY MTL on Oct 2, 2008 11:57 AM
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