Friday, November 13, 2009

A Forum For Reclusive People

For real! I'd sign up but I'm really not comfortable getting that close to people.

5 comments:

staghounds said...

A while ago, my littermate and I were watching some "news" program about women who had been talked out of their money by men they had met on online dating sites.

The talker at one point said the victims/idiots had set up an on line support group.

Simultaneously,

"Talk about a place to meet women!!"

Pat Smith said...

Hello,

I'm the administrator of the forum you mentioned in this blog-post.

My forum is just a place for reclusive people such as myself to "shoot the shit".

I have Asperger's Syndrome (not Down Syndrome) which causes me to have shitty social skills; the forum really helps me compensate for my shitty in-real-life socializing skills.

Roberta X said...

Thanks for commenting, Pat! I thought the forum was a pretty good idea. I'm too abrasive for such things (tend to argue) but I get most of my social contact online, too.

Pat Smith said...

Merry Christmas Roberta.

I just wanted to say that I'm sorry for coming off as being an ass in my previous post.

I admit: I was mildly offended by your post. However, I can understand why you'd find HC's slogan "A Forum for Reclusive People" to be strange/humorous. Hell, I find it strange that I run the site. It started out as a mere experiment, and it's already become one of the most prominent non-Japanese hikikomori sites out there.

I felt like it would be a positive thing to help people who feel alone - people who feel like they can't fit in and be accepted.

I initially was going to post something additional here, but put it off for too long and forgot to do so.

Take care.

By the way, your taste in films, music and books is exceptional. :)

I'm going to follow your blog. Will you follow mine back? :)

Roberta X said...

I'll certainly have a look at your blog. Because I can be so argumentative, I do not always make myself visible; I hope you will not find that offensive.

I didn't read your comments here as being especially ass-like, nor did I intend to poke direct fun at the forum; we're both aware than the idea is, on first sight, something of an oxymoron, just as we both know the deeper truth that the distance lent by 'net-mediated interaction allows a lot of people who would not otherwise have much social contact to find like -- or at least compatible -- minds.

(My little joke was that I am too socially phobic even for that forum -- which is at least half true, half the time).