I’m only just now starting to realize how much I missed chatting online with people while I was away.
While I had plenty of in-front-of-the-screen-time in the states, I was very much slacking in the chat department. I’d look over every now and then, but I didn’t engage as much or as actively as I did back home. There was a seemingly better alternative right in front of me, after all: I could speak to people face to face.
And it was great! Never before had I had the opportunity to talk to people with such a closely matching interest in IT. Definitely a very cool experience, and I do certainly miss that. But I’m also really happy to hang on chat more again, interacting with people textually. Enjoyment of those two isn’t mutually exclusive, I suppose.
Perhaps it’s less about the thing you’re actually doing, and more about just communicating with people in whatever way. Or maybe we’ve just become good enough at emphasizing with people through different media to the point where the difference is becoming negligible.
There’s one thing you can’t really responsibly do in real life though: shitpost.