I've been on the internet for only a little while (four years) but that has been more than long enough for me to note some things that have happened to me, and think about my experiences some. I've come a long way since i first joined the forums, and even further than when i first started legitimately using the internet. But really what i'm going to discuss is my experience being a part of several communities, and what it has to do with this one. I'm just going to write what is on my mind, so this may turn into a little bit of a rant.
Anyway, i have been part of several communities over those four years. To name some of the major ones, Fleck touch, Skyvu Chatango, Pokemon showdown, and these forums (and yes, chatango was once a very different community from the forums). But there is something i've noticed about all of these places, and a question i would like to pose. In each of these communities, i made many good friends. I would talk to them with regularity, and i truly had some great times. But without fail, every time these communities would either fail or begin almost completely anew. All of the friends i make at every single one, they all disappear forever. On the internet, losing track of someone like that is basically their death to you. So this is the question i have to pose. Is it really worth it to make friends in these small communities, only to lose them? It's inevitable. It happens every time. And it is very, very irritating.
The list of people i desire to see again has grown very lengthy, and it bothers me because i am only 14. I know that i will stay on the internet for pretty much my entire lifetime. If i live to be in my seventies at the least, how many people will be lost to me forever? Past friend? Rivals? Peers? It truly boggles my mind to think about it. Even scarier, i know i'll forget my experiences with them, and who they are in the first place.
I think we all know where this is going though. This community. Everything i have said about making friends is true of this place. And we all know that Skyvu is in bad condition, and to be blunt about it i don't see this forum having much (if any) future. What does that mean of the friends i have made here? Will we find a way for our community to ascend beyond the forums? Or will all of this be lost forever? These questions may not seem relevant, but we know there will be a day where they must be answered.
I'm beginning to question if i am interneting wrong though. Should i just try not to make friends, and visit places like 4chan and reddit? Or be social and become a part of a legitimate community. How you go about the internet is an ideology. And i don't know which one is for me. I hope all of you that have read this far know what is best for you. But i don't. And i sincerely hope, that our little forums makes it through. And as sad as it is,i know it most likely won't. I've seen this happen too many times. And just to get this out of my system, i am no going to thank the members of this forum and the chatango group for the times we have all had together. It was my privilege to be a part of these communities, and i cannot thank you all enough.
But at the same time, we need to work towards a future we want. We need to decide what it is we want, and start shooting for it now, or we probably won't make it.
Just some words from me, idk if you found this insightful or anything, but i was sincere in all of its meaning.
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