« on: September 04, 2009, 07:22:53 AM »
LSD is an interesting place with lots of interesting people that post regularly. There are many very smart and cool long term regulars that like to discuss, analyze and debate a wide variety of topics including non law related topics in usually a friendly non-combative way.
It's cool that many of the regulars have gotten to know each other fairly well via online interaction and that many LSDers have even met and become friends in person all over the country. People have become long time friends that would never have met or had the opportunity to communicate with each other had they not found and started participating here.
Lots of people in the world have the opinion that online friendships/relationships are not real friendships, are 'fake artificial friendships' or whatever and are a waste of time. From experience I totally disagree with that point of view. From this board and a few others I've made many long term long distance friends and have read stuff in threads and in PM's about many others that have also formed good real friendships with people they met online.
One of many examples I could give about how making and having online friends has been a good thing for me and made my life better: A while ago I had to fly to a state I had never been to before. One of my online friends I made friends with here lived in the city I was flying into. I asked the person if they would be willing to pick me up at the airport, do lunch or something, and drive me to my hotel. The person was happy to do it and we met in person the first time at the airport after I landed and we had a good time hanging out doing stuff in the town while I was there for a few days.
In a way it is a hyper-accelerated form of 'pen pals' since people from anywhere can communicate long distance pretty much instantly, unlike how being 'pen pals' used to be before the cultural and technological cyber revolution (like how things were when I was in grade school, HS and UG).
Since the world is well into the 'online cyber age' there is certainly a giant cyber culture that has developed and significantly changed the ways people meet/interact/socialize/live their lives. Given that, sociological studies can certainly be done and I'm sure many have been done and that others are being conducted. It's the world we live in now, so of course academics and others are going to study it and analyze the evolving patterns of human behaviors, interactions and societal changes that have grown from it.
BTW, I doubt you are going to get any 'lawyer types' admitting in a public thread on a Law School discussion board (that adcomms and legal employers DO read) admitting to illegal drug use. People have been denied admission to LS's, been kicked out of LS, denied jobs by potential employers, gotten sued, had trouble getting their good moral character fitness determination to become a licensed lawyer and other stuff because of things they posted about themselves online or because of stuff others posted about them.