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I think I tend to be a drifter. Initially, I watched the raft from afar but never got on. then I got on and paddled like mad (but mostly went in circles). Now I drift a fair amount of time. Sometimes I paddle like mad for a while again, then I drift. I'm ok with that for now. When I paddle too long, my arms get tired.
Yes, we are the culprit. The internet, and pretty much everything else, are just tools. But I think most people know this, and when they say "social media is to blame" they are talking about the complexities of all the people using social media. Not the media itself.
Well, it IS a Buddhist forum. Inevitably, other topics come into play as we talk about our daily lives. But primarily, Buddhism and related things is what we tend to talk about.
As far as dating, Buddhists really are just other human beings Their/our views on any topic vary quite a bit. Most of us aren't monastics. But we live our lives, to some degree or another, with a basis in Buddhism.
^ What she said.
We live in a very small rural town, I am quite close to a lot of family and neighbors, so I don't worry about loneliness. We spend quite a bit of time with people, and know everyone we live around. However, the internet is the only way the school, coaches, activities communicate and an increasing amount of homework from school has to be done online or using online resources. It is also the primary way we communicate with our son's doctor, who is 120 miles away (he is a diabetic and we communicate with them on a weekly basis). I dislike portions of it, but it has become too necessary to give up. Also, my husband's job requires he be able to work from home on occasion and internet is required for it.