I came to this subforum with the intention of finding support for email addiction/connecting online rather than irl. I had no idea I would find this thread which is so specific to my situation! Unlike the rest of you, I haven't used this particular place as the focus of my 'emotional online reliance', mostly just emails and facebook (yuck).
Like Linda on the move, we have also moved a ton in the past 10 years or so. I feel like that's possibly why I've struggled finding meaningful connections in real life. But even when did spend a longer stretch of time in the same metro area, I still struggled. I love human interaction, and especially when I find someone to share my deepest thoughts with. In realf life, I suspect that most people are put off by that. Like someone else stated, those mommy groups are nice yet very stressful. I want to connect with genuine real moms.
Now I've moved back to Sweden (where I'm from) and I have basically no friends at all. I do have a family for once, so that's nice, but they live a few hours away.
I'm afraid I've completely lost my ability to first of all *find* like minded friends, but also making friends. I think I come across as a bit of a weird person, cause I like to discuss things and talk openly. And people shy away. But then I don't think I'd even want those kind of friends. I'm not by any means super exciting myself, but I like a bit of warmth and honesty in human relations, not just small talking and on the surface connection.
As far as internet addiction goes, I feel like it's literally draining my energy to be online as much as I am. It's definitely a form of escape for me since I struggle with some health issues, I rather just be numbed by a computer screen sometimes.
I've been home for many years with my kids and now that the youngest is 4 I'm feeling a sense of urgency to start working. Preferably my own business, but I fear I won't have what it takes. Both physically and mentally.
Well, it was good to see this thread and hopefully it hasn't died already.