I work for a business that requires psychological knowledge on social behavior and social trends. So a team of people, including myself, were assigned to observe websites like this in order to gather information about the way people choose to socialize and how they interact in online communities, how often they interact in online communities, and if their online community interaction stifles social interactions outside of the internet. Instead of going into the office to work, I’ve been rotating between a regular 1st, 2nd, or 3rd work shifts (in order to be present during various time zones) from home studying and observing the social behavior of members from this website. During my studies, I have noticed a variety of interesting things. The most imperative as it relates to my study are race relations, gender relations, sexuality relations, and the way women in certain age groups try to appeal to men. I found the feminism scuffles to be quite telling. Even though it's not apart of my specific assignment and someone else from my team was assigned to report on ‘relational feminism and response’, I was still able to send them screenshots of dialogues here.
Something I did notice during my work shifts from home studying this place is a very cliquish atmosphere where certain members spend nearly as much time here on a daily basis as I did for work. I can’t help but wonder if they even have the time or take the time to develop friendships offline because there are only so many hours in a day, in a week and they spend a lot of them maintaining online friendships. It makes me wonder if they miss out on social events and activities in order to be a well known, established presence on GAG. Do you think this is healthy? Could this be the result of possible internet addiction? Overall thoughts?
Most Helpful Guy
Honestly, being on GAG is more-so the symptom and not the cause, people can spend so much time on GAG because they are disconnected from the other people around them, and haven't picked anything else to do in the meantime.
Although if you spend TOO much time here, then GAG will be the only thing that will be 'relevant' in your life, and you won't be able to talk to others about any experiences beyond that, which you won't.
I guess the term is 'being stuck in a rut'.1
Most Helpful Girl
As long as it doesn't control your life then it's fine.
That's why some people I know [including myself] take/took haitus's, because GAG was becoming unhealthy0