She had a male best friend whom she had been close with for 15 years.His girlfriend of two years was immensely jealous of their relationship and wouldn’t let them spend much time together. But I realised quickly how much this person was craving intimacy.I spoke with a guy from India in his early twenties who was frustrated that he couldn’t have a relationship until he got married.He lived in a small village and wasn’t allowed to interact with other women. I spoke with a European woman (I wasn’t sure where she was from) who was a History teacher to high school students.I decided to go on a quest to discover what people were really wanting to talk about online and how much we are willing to divulge to strangers.Strangely enough, it all went down very differently to how I’d imagined.
He wanted some advice on how to channel his anger and anxiety.When she replied after reading the book, he ignored her response and continued to talk about his own career. Many of them came from very different cultures, and probably would have held different political views to me.I spoke to a person — the only identifier they gave was ‘lonely’. I was confused at first but realised they wanted some sort of role-play. Was this just a gateway for them to have chat-room sex? Yet all of them wanted to talk to someone about things they didn’t feel they could discuss with the people in their own lives.Social media and photo-sharing apps, in particular, are often portrayed as infrastructure that promotes ‘fakeness’ and self-promotion, eliminating the ability for people to talk openly and honestly.I do think this is a phenomenon that is becoming more prevalent.This seemed almost absurd to me, given the very different health system here in Australia.