I always wondered, both my brothers sit around and literally play an online game 24/7. Go to school, game. Go to school, more game. Stay up till 5 in the morning, game. They sit there and chuckle, and seem to have a good time chatting with random people of which they don't even know their names. At least on BF we have the shot or chance of meeting one another, and seeing/knowing eachother. This online game, they will never meet any of these people, plus lots of the kinds of people who play these games are sheltered, and are somewhat afraid to meet anyone. I thought to myself, is that enough in life? just to sit there and play with random voices(actually more like random "words")? I mean, I thought about it for a sec, there is no risk of ever feeling let down, or ever feeling dissapointed, or hurt, or sad, because they never develop relationships with anyone.
So then I got to thinking. Maybe sitting around playing online games, has a deeper seated purpose than just "having fun" with like minded gamers. Whether people want to admit it or not, I think this is part of why people sit around and play games 24/7, subconsciously, or consciously, I do not know. Never any risk of being hurt.
At the same time, there was but one online game I could never put down. Halo 2. I played it one time for 48 hours straight at one point. I actually got close to a group of maybe 4 guys, new them by first name, had them on my myspace, and chatted with them online, etc, etc. I began to ignore the people in real life who were my actual friends and started to feel like these online folks were more my friends. At a certain point I realized it wasn't worth my time anymore and I stopped playing.
Bottom line is, I know I'm the kind of person who needs attention, love, and caring from outside people, away from my family. I know I need it. I want it, and I thrive off it. Even if it's but a few special people that's enough. The only downfall or negative aspect thrown into the mix is the possible or imminent let down at some point. So the question is... Is it better to put yourself out there? or to live sheltered and never have the prospect of being let down enter your world?