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    Default Am I the Only One Who's Awkward on the Internet?

    I mean, seriously. In real life, I get along with people just fine, but then when I get online, I keep my mouth shut. I've seen people flaming other people and it makes me kind of nervous. I can't even join the chat in the shoutbox because I feel that I'm an uninvited guest and I'm barging into their conversation.


    I am an awkward person. I think I think too much about it...

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    Oh don't feel like that fellow otaku. We wont bite :p As a person I'm awkward on OS AND in person lol. I kinda do it on purpose - say weird things, do weird things...I think that's WHY I have so many friends. Because I'm not afraid to be awkward. Everyone is awkward in some way. If you try to keep yourself back you'll always find it hard to make friends. Just throw yourself out there, and let your awkwardness show. And then that feeling of intrusion that you feel will go away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badpunraptor View Post
    Oh don't feel like that fellow otaku. We wont bite :p As a person I'm awkward on OS AND in person lol. I kinda do it on purpose - say weird things, do weird things...I think that's WHY I have so many friends. Because I'm not afraid to be awkward. Everyone is awkward in some way. If you try to keep yourself back you'll always find it hard to make friends. Just throw yourself out there, and let your awkwardness show. And then that feeling of intrusion that you feel will go away.
    badpunraptor is right otaku. He really is awkward and WEIRD in OS. But see? We get along just fine (peace sama-sama! Don't hurt me... Hihihi). There's nothing wrong being awkward. Sometimes, I feel like that way here. But then there are some people who are friendly enough to talk you. Just give it a try. Dropping a simple hello won't hurt but start a conversation and who knows you won't feel awkward anymore. Well... See ya around otaku. Hope to see you in SB
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    Awkward online?? you say that you're a social person in real life but shouldn't you also act the same towards online people?
    I think that even though you have a status of sociably active you fear online confrontation full of strangers.

    Here are some tips:
    - Introducing an attractive impact in discussions will help you get noticed
    - Don't ever ever ever flame. Even though it's on the web what you post in the internet stays forever (exceptions would be the mods)
    - Avoid being overconfident during discussions otherwise that will result in someone flaming you real bad... lol

    Basically you should apply you actions in real life to what you do when you're online especially in social sites.

    I am sure that a lot of us have experienced the feeling of getting ignored but that alone shouldn't get you discouraged. Just imagine that they are busy with trying to chat with multiple people and are already too full to add another. Just remain optimistic and you will eventually find someone who shares your interest. There is like thousands of members here.
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    No you are not the only one... I am also feeling the same thing.....

    I can also get along with other persons easily in real life even though it is our first meeting each other. In fact once we had shared our interests and saw each others attitudes, we start to talk like we had known each other for several months already. But when it comes online "chat box", it seems like I can't even say a simple "Hello". It is very awkward to suddenly appear out of nowhere and say "Hello guys. good morning" and then instead of getting a greeting back they just continue with their topic. Perhaps for a person who isn't used to that kind of situation, he/she might feel uhm.. how should I say it.. uhm like an "outsider?". I don't usually chat with others online, and I am just there watching their conversation in the box/window.

    But even though things didn't went the way we want it, just try and try because not all people are the same. Who knows, the next move might get us new friends..



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    I'm the complete opposite of you. I'm socially awkward in real life but when it comes to online I can chat freely. To tell you just how awkward I am - when meeting a new person a couple of weeks back, they offered their right hand for me to shake. Instead of putting out my right hand and shaking it like a normal person I put my left hand out and lightly patted their hand...
    She looked at me as if I was crazy and my cheeks flushed red. It was terrible. I have many more instances such as this one but as you can tell I am such a free talkative person online.

    Quote Originally Posted by =xOtaku View Post
    I can't even join the chat in the shoutbox because I feel that I'm an uninvited guest and I'm barging into their conversation.
    You should never feel like that. As Badpunraptor said "we won't bite". Yes - there is the occasional troll that pops up and flamebaits people but just ignore them. You even get those type of people in real life. People who enjoy aggravating you just to see some sort of reaction. You are always welcome in the Shoutbox.

    Quote Originally Posted by Snoozy19 View Post
    Here are some tips:
    - Introducing an attractive impact in discussions will help you get noticed
    - Don't ever ever ever flame. Even though it's on the web what you post in the internet stays forever (exceptions would be the mods)
    - Avoid being overconfident during discussions otherwise that will result in someone flaming you real bad... lol
    You should take note of what Snoozy19 has said. Especially with the first point. The Shoutbox can be busy at times and you can easily go unnoticed but this doesn't mean you should give up. Just jump right into the conversation and I guarantee you'll get a response even if it's not right away. Don't post one thing then fade away. Keep writing things in the Shoutbox. It's easy to feel ignored there. Even I, who is practically in the Shoutbox all day, sometimes feel ignored. As for the Chatbox it's completely different. Usually it's quite dead there but some times you hop on it when random outburst of liveliness is present!

    Just relax a little bit and say whatever you wish when joining with the OS community - of course following the Rules - and hopefully you'll conquer this awkwardness. Then again a little bit of awkwardness can be quirky and fun! :D
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    Thanks guys! I'll try to follow your advice and just be myself! You guys are so far the BEST online community I've seen.

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    Well Id say Im the opposite, Im pretty awkward in real life situations and Im pretty okay on the internet.

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    Haha, mine is opposite, I feel awkward easily in real life than on the internet. XDDD

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    nah your not ackward its just normal like me,
    when I first joined I tend not to interact with anyone else, then I met a persona called hikari here, and she was the one who inspired me, so i guess thats pretty normal. besides, nobody here are strangers we are who we are, dont forget that

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    i'm with you xOtaku but then again i've met some pretty nice people so far and have become freinds with most of them, sure human interaction is best, but it's also fun to meet people from around the world. :) you can do it!

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    we are awkward on our own way some says im weird OL and on the real world. I guess just live your life and enjoy it . Being awkward nowadays its normal :D

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    For me it's Opposite When I Talk To People I Dont really know Or Not Close I Get Nervous

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    I'm outgoing in real life and on the internet though I do have the tendency to be really shy on some occasions when I'm alone with a bunch of people I don't know. XD But once you get to know them, you'll feel at ease. :D So just relax and talk natural with them. ^w^

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    Quote Originally Posted by AzureFlame View Post
    Well Id say Im the opposite, Im pretty awkward in real life situations and Im pretty okay on the internet.
    I concur with this statement.

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    Oh, an old message has been dug up. But well no I don't. In real life im not introverted or anything but I test the water before I dive in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirbee View Post
    I mean, seriously. In real life, I get along with people just fine, but then when I get online, I keep my mouth shut. I've seen people flaming other people and it makes me kind of nervous. I can't even join the chat in the shoutbox because I feel that I'm an uninvited guest and I'm barging into their conversation.


    I am an awkward person. I think I think too much about it...
    don't think of it that way kirbee-chan :) flamming is not allowed and is one of the rules right? the flammings that you see are friendly. it's like having fun. no one will snob you in sb kirbee, everyone is friendly. you're not awkward, , feel free to lurk around. mods are there to ban people if they know you're being spammed or things like those. so, give it a try to explore sb again :) you're always INVITED



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    I'm socially anxious online and offline, it's basically something I've just grown accustomed to dealing with, and I jump in eventually regardless of how anxious I am.
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    it's opposite to me , i'm comfortable talking in social neworking sites :))
    AND in a real life , i'm being awkward and silence except to my close friends ^.^

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    I used to be like, not at all confident offline, and way confident online. I had loads of online friends, but no offline ones. Mow, I'm more open offline, but at the same time, I've lost my confidence online, and have been having difficulty finding online friends recently.

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