Originally Posted by Power of three
My life, my issues, my joy, my trauma, my future are all in the physical world. Which is where my "real" life is. This cannot be turned off.
This is a place to relieve some stress of the daily world. It allows us to discuss what's on our minds without having to worry about stuttering. How has anyone behaved any different than in real life, on this forum? This forum is unique from others, it is quite a bit more mature. I've never read a bad post. Anyone who gets into heated discussions does so with respect to others. Real life is not always full of people who respect your opinions.
On the phone, you say? Well most people who stutter, hate phones. Even with people they are comfortable with. I agree with you that face-to-face is great, I love talking to my friends and the people I care about in person. On the phone, not so much. It's not fear, just something I don't enjoy.
What makes you think all of us aren't going through our own joy, trauma, issues, and thoughts about our future? What makes you unique in that regard?
All of us have our own problems in the real world. I am not alone, and you are not alone.
I really don't disagree with any of your points, but this forum is unique and is just as valid as any method of discussing issues in real life.