I think the Internet has a special breed of people. So, as weird as this may sound people in real life are totally different than people online, even though it's still people that we're all interacting with. In saying that, I think you have to decide whether you want to surround yourself with people online or in person. I think a lot of people try to do both, especially now with all the networking sites and apps, but they always end up surrounding themselves with one more than the other. So, no one can really do both. You either become that special breed of people over the Internet, or you become that person that has a real life. Even though, you're a person that has a life regardless of going online.
I surround myself with online people. Then leave to surround myself with real people. And sometimes I even surround myself with no people. Each phrase last for a few months at a time before switching off to a new stage. You can try that. I won't lie, it's hard to keep relationships like that. People tend to think you're ghosting them in person. Or that you're a troll, if you're doing this online. But, it's good because you get to have breaks. And some people need breaks from socializing. Basically, I think the problem isn't that people on here are pretentious it's that you just need a break from these type of people. Just like you would need a break from people in real life, so you go on forums like this.
I think if you complain about any group of people you just end up looking like what you claim. For example, you claim Hip Forums has people that are pretentious. But, in saying that you're the only one that looks pretentious. Even if there is a ton of comments in this thread alone that sounds pretentious you will be the only one that looks pretentious. Even if you're right it doesn't matter because you're the negative one that pointed it out. Basically, you're not doing yourself any favors by stating such things. So, really you're just screwing yourself over. It's better to either accept them, or leave to find a group that you actually like.
The good thing is that as humans we can belong to any group. We just have to be comfortable there.
I hope I helped. And I'm sorry you feel so negatively. It sucks when we start grouping people together in such a negative way. We end up being blind to the people in that group that aren't like that.
Edited by aoabai, August 16 2016 - 03:03 AM.