The premise of the culture of this website is a curious one. There is a distinct sense of entitlement in giving short-handed opinions on the personal problems of others with the intent to be heard.
The bauble is this:
If your opinion truly doesn't matter why bother posting it?
If your opinion does matter then why exactly does it matter?
If GaG is just a game then question one is satisfied but not question two and if GaG is a serious website then question two is unsatisfied (because none of you are experts in anything relationship related, I. E. family councillor) while one is answered.
- People should care what I think because I'm right.33% (3)10% (1)21% (4)Vote
- People shouldn't care what I think because I could be wrong.33% (3)20% (2)26% (5)Vote
- It is just a game...34% (3)70% (7)53% (10)Vote
Most Helpful Girl
It's just a game but people still care anyways. Depends on the question and the person asking it. Some people are just on here looking to validate what they already think and will just disagree with anyone else. For those who are genuinely looking for advice or opinions, every comment matters to them.1
Most Helpful Guy
You don't post because people "should" care what you think. You post because they "might" care what you think or that they might find value in what you have to say. You dont know whether or not what you have to say will help them unless you say it. You dont get to decide beforehand whether or not your opinion matters or has value. It is up to the question asker and anyone else who reads your opinion to decide if what you said has any value. It is also beneficial to practice formulating your thoughts and writing them out. It can help you articulate your opinions more clearly over time.
The point of this website is to ask questions and get a broad range of perspectives and opinions from ordinary people. If they wanted the opinion of a family counselor they would go look up one and book an appointment. This is easier and more convenient, and allows you to get a wider range of opinions that if you went to a family counselor. Also a lot of the questions here deal with personal preferences like :"What do you think of this outfit" or "Do you care if a girl has sex with you on the first date". Those hardly require an expert's opinion and I dont think anyone comes to this site with the expectation of getting expert opinions.
Gag occasionally does bring in people whose life experience or education supposedly qualifies them as being an expert and to be honest their advice doesn't seem any better than anyone else.0