1. Welcome to Religious Forums, a friendly forum to discuss all religions in a friendly surrounding.

    Your voice is missing! You will need to register to get access to the following site features:
    • Reply to discussions and create your own threads.
    • Our modern chat room. No add-ons or extensions required, just login and start chatting!
    • Access to private conversations with other members.

    We hope to see you as a part of our community soon!

RF as a social outlet

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Xavier Graham, Nov 15, 2022.

  1. Xavier Graham

    Xavier Graham Your local anarchist. God is Love is Love is Love

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2021
    Messages:
    1,472
    Ratings:
    +1,819
    Religion:
    Set, show me how
    TLDR: For you, is RF a healthy social outlet? It is for me I think.

    Occasionally I’ll see someone leave because RF is not a healthy social outlet for them.

    For me, both my place of employment and RF prevent me from being a complete hermit. Both keep me integrated with society. I don’t have friends in my day to day life, just acquaintances and coworkers. I just don’t want friends any more, been there done that. I’m barely warming up to the idea of befriending a coworker or two after over a year of working with them. But of RF I can entertain the idea of being friends with some of you. Since we are all interested in religion/spirituality, I can get along with people here.

    So for that reason I think it is healthy for me.

    How about you, is RF a positive social outlet in your life?
     
    • Like Like x 6
    • Friendly Friendly x 6
    • Useful Useful x 1
  2. Eddi

    Eddi Eddifying
    Premium Member

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2016
    Messages:
    4,396
    Ratings:
    +3,947
    Religion:
    Christian
    Absolutely it is

    It has been a big positive influence on me
     
    • Like Like x 2
  3. Snow White

    Snow White Veteran Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2019
    Messages:
    17,897
    Ratings:
    +14,942
    It's hard for me to get used to. The people seem to act a bit differently than the people I'm accustomed to hanging out with. Also, I'm prone to waste too much time, and burn out for that reason.

    But I enjoy it. I find people here pretty kind.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  4. John53

    John53 Veteran Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2017
    Messages:
    10,169
    Ratings:
    +8,448
    Religion:
    Atheist
    It makes me laugh which is positive.
     
    • Like Like x 3
    • Winner Winner x 2
  5. Heyo

    Heyo Veteran Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2019
    Messages:
    13,526
    Ratings:
    +13,128
    Religion:
    none
    RF gives me some of the social contact I need between meeting friends irl. But, too much of a good thing, it can also be a way to procrastinate.
     
    • Like Like x 5
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
  6. sun rise

    sun rise Śvāna Dharma
    Premium Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2014
    Messages:
    75,839
    Ratings:
    +39,767
    Religion:
    Love/Omnism
    Yes. It serves as a source of humor and a way to be outside my normal "bubble" because there are people like @esmith and @Kenny who post things that represent different viewpoints and occasionally cause me to see if a particular idea could possibly be correct even though it comes from a very different perspective than mine.
     
    • Like Like x 3
    • Winner Winner x 1
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
  7. Snow White

    Snow White Veteran Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2019
    Messages:
    17,897
    Ratings:
    +14,942
    To elaborate, I'm kind of accustomed to hanging out with people with "dark", very introverted personalities, or might be successful at what they do, but kind of live unhealthy lives due to spending their lives on things like programming projects (I've been known to hang out with programmers). I do find some of these people easy to look up to, though, because they're often smart, just very bleak, and actually tend to accomplish a lot. Because I have a tendency to look up to successful accomplishments, I have in the past found common ground with such people.

    RF is diverse, has a different brand of humor and banter than what I'm used to. It feels like I'm in a museum or art gallery, to an extent. People like to argue more, I think.

    Part of this could just be "my" problem, of trying to adapt to new environments. But I am getting myself out there more, including posting on RF. I've met a few people who are different than what I'm accustomed to, for sure, both on and off RF. Sometimes it actually works out well.

    I also feel RF has taught me about half a dozen or more new things, so there's that.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  8. Snow White

    Snow White Veteran Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2019
    Messages:
    17,897
    Ratings:
    +14,942
    I do also feel that RF has at times given me a push in a better direction, than what I was on, to a slightly more healthy outlook.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  9. Aštra’el

    Aštra’el Aštara, Blade of Aštoreth

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2014
    Messages:
    2,876
    Ratings:
    +2,062
    Religion:
    3127
    I view “Religious” Forums as more of a journal, rather than a social outlet.
     
    • Informative Informative x 1
  10. Kenny

    Kenny Face to face with my Father
    Premium Member

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2013
    Messages:
    19,588
    Ratings:
    +7,569
    Religion:
    Judeo/Christian
    Thank you... and you are right...

    It challenges my thinking too!!!
     
    • Friendly Friendly x 2
    • Like Like x 1
  11. Secret Chief

    Secret Chief Leaderless Animal

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2011
    Messages:
    16,780
    Ratings:
    +17,110
    Religion:
    zen
    Old people huh? ;)
     
    • Funny Funny x 4
  12. Secret Chief

    Secret Chief Leaderless Animal

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2011
    Messages:
    16,780
    Ratings:
    +17,110
    Religion:
    zen
    15K posts, I hope I like it. :)
     
    • Like Like x 2
  13. Twilight Hue

    Twilight Hue Twilight, not bright nor dark, good nor bad.

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2009
    Messages:
    48,745
    Ratings:
    +21,953
    Religion:
    Philosophical Buddhism
    I think forums in general are a good outlet to exchange thoughts and viewpoints.

    Too much I think is unhealthy if the internet makes up your entire life.

    It's really unhealthy to cloister oneself in digital media as it skirts reality over time affecting one's perspective.
     
    • Useful Useful x 1
  14. John53

    John53 Veteran Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2017
    Messages:
    10,169
    Ratings:
    +8,448
    Religion:
    Atheist
    I have a massive over supply of beans and zucchini.
     
  15. Snow White

    Snow White Veteran Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2019
    Messages:
    17,897
    Ratings:
    +14,942
    Trying to lure in unsuspecting Revoltistanians?
     
  16. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
    Premium Member

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2017
    Messages:
    52,688
    Ratings:
    +50,077
    Religion:
    None
    It's a nice place to be, I've made some good online friends here and it's fun and it can be educational too
     
    • Like Like x 1
  17. Nakosis

    Nakosis Time Efficient Lollygagger
    Premium Member

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2011
    Messages:
    22,391
    Ratings:
    +12,056
    Religion:
    Scientism
    Mostly true.
    But then you run into the occasional poster that makes you feel otherwise.
     
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
  18. John53

    John53 Veteran Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2017
    Messages:
    10,169
    Ratings:
    +8,448
    Religion:
    Atheist
    Bacon is the only bait they will take.
     
    • Useful Useful x 1
  19. JustGeorge

    JustGeorge Unknown Member
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2020
    Messages:
    11,859
    Ratings:
    +24,166
    Religion:
    Hindu
    RF is a great social outlet for me.

    I've learned that if it starts turning into a negative thing, I'm clicking on the wrong threads. After I'm more mindful of that, it goes back to being a positive.
     
    • Like Like x 5
    • Useful Useful x 1
  20. JDMS

    JDMS Academic Workhorse

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2022
    Messages:
    274
    Ratings:
    +590
    In real life, I intentionally surround myself with people that agree with me on key issues. This provides me with a good support system.

    But RF is how I get my daily dose of opposition.

    But familiarity and opposition are important parts of a healthy "social" diet for me. :)
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Winner Winner x 2
    • Useful Useful x 1
    • Creative Creative x 1
Loading...