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Is in person socialising the same as online socialising?

independent_independent_ Resident Coffee AddictScotlandPosts: 4,771 The Mix Elder
This is a discussion my partner and I have had recently...does socialising online feel the same to you as socialising in person?

For example, if you didn’t want to socialise with real people or felt anxious about it, would you still socialise online? If you’d had enough of real people for the day, for example, would you also have had enough of messaging people online for that day?
“Sometimes the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to, it’s not for them.”


  • EleanorEleanor Living the Zen life 🧘🏼‍♀️ Posts: 1,139 Wise Owl
    Hmm this is an interesting topic @independent_! I would have to say that for me, if I am in a mood where I don't feel like socialising, I won't socialise online or in person. But I also think it depends on the reason why I didn't want to socialise, say if it was because I was feeling anxious, I would probably socialise online rather than in person and if I was craving face-to-face contact then I would socialise in person etc. 

    I also think there is a difference between these two types of socialisation. I think online you can create your own kinda of persona which give your more confidence and the fact that you are protected by a screen can be quite comforting. But in real life I think sometimes people are more of their true self and if you're not happy with yourself e.g. you have low self-esteem etc. then online socialisation would probably be the go to. These are just my thoughts anyway!
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  • ShaunieShaunie I’m alive but I’m ✨dead✨ England 🏠Posts: 10,957 An Original Mixlorian
    No two different things. 
    Feel completely different for everyone I think

    I’ve ever thought this ever since I read an article on here about how online is good but everyone need In person connection. Ever since I read that I felt a bit shit because I mostly speak online

    And sometimes when I don’t want to socialise in real life I don’t online either. Unless it is seeking support lol. I think if your social Battery has gone it’s gone. Guess depends on your mood though

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  • independent_independent_ Resident Coffee Addict ScotlandPosts: 4,771 The Mix Elder
    That's really interesting @Eleanor and @Shaunie and I too think they are 2 very different things. 

    I think sometimes having that version of myself online that I've got total control over is what makes me feel that sometimes even when I'm done with face to face socialising, I can still socialise online. I have the security of being able to log off at any time, I'm hidden behind the screen and I don't actually have to speak lol. 
    “Sometimes the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to, it’s not for them.”
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