Second Chances Online Moves Offline

from the looking-for-love-online-in-all-the-wrong-places dept

The San Jose Mercury News is running an article about Craigslist’s “Missed Connections” group – which is apparently an online forum for people to try to get a second chance with someone they saw randomly somewhere, but couldn’t work up the courage to talk to. The group is also now putting on events for all those “Missed Connections” folks – though the events don’t sound like they’re going to well. It’s not too surprising to find out that they’re filled with extremely shy guys who spend most of their time staring into their beer. I’m certainly no expert on relationships – but I’m not quite sure how a forum like that is useful. It seems to me that it encourages people not to feel confident enough about themselves to speak up and introduce themselves when they see someone interesting. I know how difficult it can be to meet someone, but I’m not necessarily a fan of methods that encourage people to hide behind their shyness. Either way, the article is an interesting look at an online community and how it’s evolving over time.

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