Khloe

Does posting online help your real life social skills?

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Maybe, a little.

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It helps me feel connected to people, and if I can express caring here, it's easier to do it IRL. 

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I can see how it might in other people, but for me, no. There's no connection there, and internet talk doesn't change my personality, which is the biggest reason why I despise socialising.

Nothing can turn a completely asocial person, into a person that legitimately has instinct to socialise, except maybe themselves, and I have absolutely zero interest in doing so. 

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It kind of helps with some real life social skills, but I don't have many interactions with people IRL.  With the ones I do though, I've learned to be more empathetic, to listen more.  But posting on-line doesn't help in many other ways with regards to actual social interaction IRL.

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To me it doesn't make so much differance in regular conversations i have but i am getting more knowledge on how to overcome an anxiety so i would be able to start some new conversations that i normally wouldnt because of anxiety :D 

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I think it can a little bit. It can be a low pressure way to practice expressing yourself, but I suspect the benefits are likely to be limited unless you make an effort to translate online practice into the real world. (Disclaimer: I am not diagnosed with social anxiety, but I do have GAD, which causes some anxiety in social situations.)

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This forum makes me feel less alone. It is a huge support to me. I have no one in "real life" to talk to about mental illness or mental health issues. All my "socializing" revolves around superficial stuff and causes me to become more depressed because I cannot express how I really feel or discuss what challenges I'm experiencing.

So I guess, yes, I think communicating online is a great entry-point in building more social skills: listening, validating, expressing yourself, having empathy & support for others, and getting feedback from others in return.

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I think it helped me learn to open up about talking about mental well being. I'm able to talk about it where ever now.

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I find that it helps me define my opinions on different topics so when I'm having a conversation IRL, I'm more certain and confident about what I'm saying. It's kind of like a testing ground for discussing various topics only online, I have a lot of time to think about my responses which helps me formulate a better answer.

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It's the only thing that keeps me halfway sane. That and the PMs, IMs, emails, and telephone calls. I haven't had any interaction with friends IRL for quite some time now. I hope to change that, but my track record the past decade doesn't exactly inspire confidence.

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