It has somewhat. I've made a few good friends, and met a couple guys who I'd seriously like to date, but due to certain circumstances, chances are not likely. Besides that, I like being able to help people who actually want help (rather than offering an opinion when someone doesn't care) and being in a community where people want to help me as well.
its not the best source for advice or info because people don't know your full story - you can only descrivbe so much (if you were speaking to someone in person I say you get better advice because you can explian yourself better)
Hard to say that it's genuinely improved the overall picture. It has provided me an outlet for my curiosity that's less destructive than trial-and-error. That, and when I do research for a book, I like having a place where I can see if my initial perceptions of social trends measure up to real-world standards or not.
- I asked a question recently about several characters in a book I'm writing who have messed-up lives. I know how they're treated per-girl per-situation in the book; but I like knowing I can ask real men and women how they would evaluate those characters if it were someone they knew. The question is not very popular, but at least I have an avenue to get feedback.
- I've also been able to develop playlists for projects based on suggestions from GAG users.
- I now know that most GAG users are oblivious to the fact that Virgil Goode is running for president, and that he has a far more impressive track record than either mainstream candidate. Also, that most GAG users are too afraid of getting Obama back to even consider voting for Virgil. (Better the chemical irritant that is Romney than the nuclear waste that is Obama?)
- I also found out, much to my annoyance, that there is no limit to how popular Spongebob is.
- As much as I am appalled by what the Swedish government does to religious minorities in the name of political correctness, Swedish women can be surprisingly very sweet-natured.
- Some users make things needlessly hard on themselves in their lives, and can often live much easier by making even one tiny change. Oftentimes, it's a simple moral deficiency that is actually really easy to avoid, provided one can learn to stop excusing it or personalizing it.
- More than ever before in history, countless GAG users claim to belong to a particular belief system, only to lead lives and give advice suggestive that they either don't know (or don't care) what said system actually teaches. Religious education / apologetics teaching has become a lost art.
So I would say in some ways, this site is more educational than most sociology classes in college. And a lot cheaper to use. And the texts are slightly less biased.
I'm at this cool middle ground where, yes I've learned a lot about opposite gender social interaction and interesting opinions and thought processes, but on the other hand, no, because there is also an enormous amount of stupid people here who complain about cheating and relationship problems that they themselves dug their own hole into.
No, this isn't a life improving site, I ask questions and answer them, sometimes you gain insight but I find that the GAG community can be extraordinarily different that to what you'd find in real encounters. Best thing to do is just ask stuff on here for an outline, then fill in the blanks yourself with your experience. I take everything I hear on here with a grain of salt
Maybe slightly in terms of ideology It has shown my that women are just as nervous/uncertain as guys, and can be just as dense. It has also shown me that nothing is set in stone(there is no one thing that will win you every girl).
Normally all it does for me is serve as a sounding board for why I shouldn't date a particular girl. When I look at these things from a third person perspective I realize I tend to go for really bad girls. Not bad as in naughty, bad as in emotionally FUBAR. So I'll be single for a while :)