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<M> i mean, that you said
before that you encountered a lot of racism in school, etc - so online
you got a lot of support - did that change you in any way?
<W> Oh..in the chat world there were many people
of different color..ages..sexuality..and looks..it did change me..I
wasn't so isolated as I was..I mean I still was isolated in a sense
because I never had met them before
<M> did it change the way that you interacted
with people in your school at all?
<W> No not really....I still didn't like them..:)
they weren't the people that I wanted them to be or I wasn't the person
they wanted me to be.
<M> so, do you think it was mostly ethnicity
or common interests as well? more a lack of..
<W> I think it
was both. I was so different..so shy and I was different..i looked different
nd I acted different..cultures clashed. I wanted to be like them so
much but I was so isolated cuz of my strict parents..I couldn't do a
lot of things that everyone else was allowed to do.
<M> okay, i see,..do / did you see any ...
<W> So in a sense..the internet was like an
escape..because my parents didn't know what I was doing (which is scary
because kids out thee..you know..)
<M> your parents didn't know what you were up to?
<W> yeah..like people I was talking to..or
what I was talking about..I mean they knew I was chatting..but they
didn't know with who or what I was chatting about.
<M> so would you say you did and explored the
things you were curious about online, because you weren't able to irl?
or did you explore different things?
<W> I didn't explore different things..the
computer didn't let me go to party or meet guys or do anythung..just
talk..in life you have to experience those things..the internet is cool
but it's not what you should experience to learn about life..lost..pain..hurt..I
mean you learn al;l of that but it's not all there..It's hard to explain..