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Should I try online dating because I have not met any men being social?

I am 21 and I am going to graduate college soon. I have never had a boyfriend or been asked out before. I am in shape (5'5 and weigh 125 pounds). I feel like guys are not interested in me even when I do try to be social. Should I actually try online dating because I have not met any men being social? [more inside]
posted by ionable on Jan 17, 2017 - 15 answers

Socially interactive iPhone games

My kids like playing with my iPhone. I like playing with my kids. What are some kid-friendly iPhone (or browser-based) activities that act as springboards for face-to-face human interaction? I'm not so much looking for games like Ticket To Ride where we each take turns focusing on the phone. I'm more looking for things like Heads Up or Spyfall where the phone is involved, but the main focus is on the other humans in the room. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Jan 9, 2017 - 6 answers

I'm diabetic, I swear!

I'm in my twenties, type 2 diabetic and need to make changes in my diet and lifestyle. I feel ashamed about the prospect of enforcing my dietary limitations because it's socially restricting if not unacceptable in some cases, and on top of that, people have told me that I "cant be diabetic" based on my appearance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 6, 2017 - 29 answers

Coworkers like to complain while socializing - help?!

I have an interesting and reasonably well-paying job. So do my coworkers. There are some annoyances, mainly with upper management, but honestly, things are going quite well. But: whenever my colleagues get together for coffee, the conversation quickly turns into a complete complain-fest. This brings me down. How do I change this - either the complaining, or my emotional reaction to it? [more inside]
posted by CompanionCube on Jan 4, 2017 - 13 answers

Is there a course of actions to improve these interactions?

But I've always had a great relationships with ex's... [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Jan 4, 2017 - 32 answers

Distributions/Plots for Social Sciences

I'm writing a story and I need a marginally believable conversation between a professor and grad student in the social sciences discussing some data. The student is showing the prof some data analysis and ... [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri on Jan 2, 2017 - 7 answers

Are there professionals one can hire to help an alcoholic dad?

My friend's dad is a bi-polar alcoholic veteran who is currently living in a motel and he may soon become homeless. Are there professionals my friend can hire to work with his dad to determine what government assistance might be available? [more inside]
posted by grayber on Dec 16, 2016 - 9 answers

Finishing the conversation. How exactly?

How does one 'end' a conversation in a casual setting? [more inside]
posted by downtohisturtles on Dec 15, 2016 - 19 answers

Can you talk me down from my anxiety?

I have a therapist (but won't be able to get into see him for a month), I do CBT and mindfulness and other useful things but the last 6 weeks have blown my stress levels sky-high (over 360 on that psychological scale thing). I'm a late diagnosed aspie with a heaping of lifelong social anxiety on the side. I have some repetitive intrusive thoughts that I can't dislodge and I need your gentle help and logic please.   [more inside]
posted by b33j on Nov 30, 2016 - 31 answers

Quantifying economic outcomes for whites of minority-targeted programs

In personal experience, many programs notionally or popularly perceived to be aimed or benefiting primarily minorities end up making me (white dude) better off as well, e.g. Section 8 housing assistance. I'm trying to identify data and research sources that either support or diminish this claim. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Nov 23, 2016 - 9 answers

How can I get my child to get involved in the game?

Several years ago, my daughter decided she wanted to play hockey. She has been skating for several years and played in an all-girls club last season. This season, she has been playing in a coed league. She does great in practice, but when the time comes for her to participate in the game, she freezes up. [more inside]
posted by valentinepig on Nov 21, 2016 - 15 answers

People who have succeeded in their careers without social capital?

I'm 29, stuck job-wise, and have always lived paycheck to paycheck and below poverty line. I'm looking for examples of people who have succeeded in their careers or dreams without social capital to make this dreary Friday better. Not looking for a lecture on what I need to do, just some examples. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by Kombucha3452 on Nov 18, 2016 - 21 answers

Font size on social media

I only use facebook and twitter via a web browser. Recently I've noticed that certain posts have a larger font than others. Whats going on????!!! Here's another example from Twitter. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Nov 13, 2016 - 5 answers

How much to pay someone to post to company Instagram account?

Glassdoor et al are a veritable minefield of conflicting job descriptions and salary numbers. What is the accepted standard? Pay by the post, by the hour, or on retainer? And how much? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2016 - 3 answers

Why won't Instagram allow me to register my name?

In a nutshell, I have a company and all my social media accounts have the same "/companyname" ending to the web address except for my Instagram. Trying to edit my profile while online, I get a message saying that 'That user name is not available'. When I try to log in with the name (I think I may have signed up with it initially years ago, but forgot), it says 'This username doesn't belong to an account'.... [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Nov 2, 2016 - 9 answers

How Do I Get My Mentally-Ill Mother Permanent Help?

The situation described in this question has gotten both better and worse. I'm stuck in yet another bind with regard to my mother, who has been hospitalized but cannot live by herself. They may release her on Monday to her home, where she has no supervision and is being evicted. I know that I shouldn't be the primary caregiver - I do not WANT to be the primary caregiver - but I am, and now I need to make sure that my mother has a safe place to unravel. More details within. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Oct 29, 2016 - 10 answers

How to be more confident and less socially anxious?

Hello All, I seem be having some low-self esteem issues lately, especially with expressing a fierce opinion, sharing my beliefs, and sharing/explaining my hobbies to others. I have such a difficult time warming up to strangers, that I will excessively worry that I'm not interesting, exciting, and vibrant enough -- I'll shut down and become aloof. I have become withdrawn and reserved -- how can I open up and gain some confidence? [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Oct 21, 2016 - 6 answers

saying no to philanthropy?

I had a great-paying job in fundraising but the job was insanely emotionally over the top and I found myself running away after 18 months and now work in the private sector as a business development director. I donate money to charity and it has created a major dilemma that I can't figure out how to solve. Can you give me some advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2016 - 10 answers

Coping with being friend-dumped in the age of social media :(

This question contains ongoing millennial grief about being friend-dumped in the age of social media! It's been over a year, I made it so I can't see her Facebook anymore which is great and everything was going perfectly, and I was totally over it. But now she's popped up on my Instagram feed, and it's making me upset all over again. I need some healthy mechanisms to deal with this! Please help! Lots of special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by spicytunaroll on Oct 12, 2016 - 9 answers

How do I find confidence in identity?

This is a super deep question about identity and self-esteem and social anxiety but it's something that I can't stop thinking or understanding lately and I feel like the answer is what I need to achieve some sort of happiness or stability in my life. [more inside]
posted by oracleia on Oct 6, 2016 - 16 answers

Help mediating sibling spats?

My (possibly-autism-spectrum) three-year-old and his 14-month-old brother are at the stage where nearly every interaction breaks down at some point. I’m looking for some tools for how to deal with some of the typical scenarios that arise. [more inside]
posted by forza on Oct 1, 2016 - 23 answers

How do I connect with people, myself/find people to connect with?

For a long time I haven't really been close with anyone. I don't really have anyone I would consider a close friend even though there are probably people who would consider me their close friend. I feel like I can't find people who I can relate to or feel comfortable with. Most of the people I hang out with are by default; they are old friends who I fell out of touch with but then moved in with recently so I often hang out with them and their friends. I try to make it work, but inside I just don't feel the connection or desire to be truly close. They are all extremely into music and the arts. I used to be more like this but feel like I'm desiring a different lifestyle. (Though I still appreciate music and arts and do enjoy some of the company) [more inside]
posted by oracleia on Sep 25, 2016 - 5 answers

How can an introvert psych herself up to do something social?

I generally enjoy social gatherings and parties when I attend them but as an introvert, I often get cold feet at the last minute and end up not going. What kinds of affirmations and strategies can I use to get through this? [more inside]
posted by armadillo1224 on Sep 24, 2016 - 20 answers

Pattern recognition

What subculture of guys wears Hawaiian shirts and combat boots? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Sep 17, 2016 - 31 answers

New friend who is obsessed with her health issue

New friend is obsessed with her rare health issue. I need to set some boundaries for discussions around this. Special snowflake details below :) [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Aug 28, 2016 - 18 answers

Talking to you, not at you.

After this question, I resolved to do what I could to change my situation. I'm struggling, but managing, to be less aware of my inner monologue and more focused on using new strategies for conversation. But it *is* still very much a conscious process. I feel an almost physical pressure to talk exclusively about myself, and exclusively about struggle. I have to force myself to ask follow-up questions, to laugh even when things are genuinely funny. It's so rare that the volume of my self-talk lowers and I'm able to enjoy interactions for what they are. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Aug 27, 2016 - 13 answers

Using social media without giving up control of my (Android) phone?

I don't like the amount of access to my (Android) phone most social media apps want, so I mostly use sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, etc. through a browser, which greatly reduces their access to my identity and personal data. But the user interface for a mobile website usually sucks compared with a dedicated app. Is there a better way? Are there any good 3rd-party apps for accessing these social media sites that don't demand access to my entire phone?
posted by straight on Jul 25, 2016 - 11 answers

"Cheers" on a train: What's the deal with Maryland Commuter Rail?

I recently began taking Maryland's MARC commuter rail to and from work (Rockville-DC), and I'm noticing something I've never observed before in my years as a commuter. It seems that a lot (really, a very high percentage) of these passengers have come to know one another, and have formed little communities throughout the rail cars. From what I can gather, these people don't work together, and few if any of them socialize outside of their daily commute, but they are simply thrilled to see one another every day, and they swap stories, jokes, and affectionate barbs with one another in a way that reminds me of nothing so much as a cadre of barflies who've been regulars at the same watering hole for years (today, actually, several passengers passed around a bottle of wine). I hadn't taken regional commuter rail until recently; my commuting experiences have been limited to bus and city subway systems. At any rate, I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS! [more inside]
posted by duffell on Jul 19, 2016 - 51 answers

What is a suitable alternative to Togethera?

My extended family is a large one and distributed over North America and Western Europe. Up until now we have been using Togethera as a means to share photographs and stay in informal contact. Unfortunately, Togethera have today sent out an email announcing the termination of their service. Is there an obvious alternative social network that can fill this gap? [more inside]
posted by lovelyzoo on Jul 5, 2016 - 11 answers

Why do I feel wired?

So I’m dating a great guy for about 6 weeks now and it’s going well in many ways. A few days ago he invited me to watch a movie at his sister’s. We picked up some food and went over. I met his sister and her husband, we watched a movie, then went to the kitchen area and were talking for a bit about movies. They are perfectly nice people, but I felt awkward the entire time. [more inside]
posted by LakeDream on Jun 28, 2016 - 22 answers

Medical Marijuana for Social Phobia (Strain? Form?)

I just got approved for medical marijuana and was surprised at how "wild westy" the whole field is (this is in Massachusetts, where seemingly you could go in with a stubbed toe and be approved). I'm not interested in trying to grow it on my own and so will go to a dispensary, but just was seeking recommendations on best form to take it and what strains might be expected to work best with social phobia? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 on Jun 25, 2016 - 10 answers

where are entrepreneurship critics?

Where are the cliques/clutches/coven of people with critical perspectives on entrepreneurship, particularly social enterprise? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Jun 21, 2016 - 5 answers

What are conversational topics that work magic as instant icebreakers?

I've recently come across an instant ice breaker that works nearly instantaneously for certain category of people. This icebreaker topic concerns asking people about their pets and it usually works like magic. Are there other topics that the hive mind has found that can act as almost instant ice breakers with people without the topic delving into personal areas that are not appropriate for, say, work, or while at a bar, or making talk with someone with whom you'd like to establish a rapport or a sense of connection? [more inside]
posted by caudal on Jun 19, 2016 - 35 answers

Dealing w/ Stalkers when trying to publicize + being a Recovering Addict

I've filed a civil harassment order against a former college professor for stalking me online regularly in the last 4 years that has started to take its toll on me. [more inside]
posted by sam3cat on Jun 10, 2016 - 12 answers

Can my cat eat this?

Okay, so Dr. Cat gets a little Kitty Kaviar every day - basically shaved bonito. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on May 26, 2016 - 11 answers

Late-twenties guy with no friends?

I'm a late-twenties guy with no friends. I feel like I need to get out of this situation somehow. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 29, 2016 - 37 answers

How do you track your potential activities so you actually do stuff?

How do you keep reminders of potential events you might want to go to, or activities you might want to participate in, so that you actually take advantage of these opportunities? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on Apr 26, 2016 - 16 answers

Offline Events Growing Social Networks

I am looking for a few good examples of offline events that grow social networks, helping them build trust, recruit new users, etc. Do you have a good example you can share? Here's one I found. And I know that other brands and social networks have tried this. Thanks!
posted by quiverandquill on Apr 11, 2016 - 3 answers

Show me beautiful and radical art that I can buy!

Seeking recommendations for other artists whose work is similar to Justseeds' posters! [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos on Apr 3, 2016 - 10 answers

Public-radio item on business, power, & speaking up

I'm looking for a story (roughly 5 minutes) that I heard on the NPR One app a few days ago: It was about how perceived power imbalances between people at the same managerial level in an office will lead to people participating in group problem-solving to different degrees, and how to "fix" it. My googling is just turning up stories about power companies & how awful meetings are. Help? [more inside]
posted by psoas on Mar 16, 2016 - 3 answers

Social Security Deluge

My wife is turning 65 in a couple of months,, and is receiving a deluge of offers and advertisements for private companies offering drug plans, part D coverage, supplemental coverage, part B coverage, etc, etc, etc, etc. On a daily basis. It's overwhelming. How in the hell is anyone supposed to make sense of this shit and make an informed decision?
posted by pjern on Mar 5, 2016 - 10 answers

Fallen off the face of the earth

My friend has stopped communicating with everyone around them. How much should I try to get in contact? Should I leave it be? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Feb 29, 2016 - 15 answers

Three-year-old seems really unhappy

I don’t have much experience with other kids this age, but my son seems… really unhappy? And we don’t know what to do about it, if there’s anything. [more inside]
posted by forza on Feb 26, 2016 - 62 answers

Can my friend switch from SSI to social Security?

My friend, on SSI disability, is approaching retirement. She thinks, why don't I just drop one for the other? I have earned benefits; that I will soon be eligible for; why not accept? Aren't they based on the same numbers? Wouldn't my SS benefits be based on the same earnings that the SSI were? Given that I was unable to work after being disabled?
posted by ebesan on Feb 11, 2016 - 7 answers

Name of TV show about testing casino and retail security?

I know there have been a million shows like this before, but I'm looking for a particular show where a team of people were hired to test security and reveal vulnerabilities. [more inside]
posted by tkolstee on Jan 26, 2016 - 6 answers

Small business social networks

Where do small business owners ask for advice online? I know many use Linkedin groups. What are some of the more popular social networks for "mom and pop" business owners to ask for advice and to share? Many thanks, Zach
posted by quiverandquill on Jan 15, 2016 - 2 answers

What is Social Justice?

What is Social Justice? How would you give a brief explanation to a conservative? [more inside]
posted by DGStieber on Jan 11, 2016 - 23 answers

Which social obligation to attend?

I'm torn between conflicting events on the same night and am not sure which of two events to attend and which to cancel. Since there will be drinking at either (and I can't afford a cab or get a DD on short notice) I feel I must pick one or the other. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by MeFiMouse on Jan 9, 2016 - 41 answers

Offending People Everywhere, No Idea How

People think I'm a big b-word. I'd like to change this recurrent situation I'm finding myself in, without pandering or being manic and fake. [more inside]
posted by Avosunspin on Dec 22, 2015 - 33 answers

How can I talk more?

When I am shy, my mind goes blank and I can't keep asking questions forever, I'd like to learn to give my opinion, especially with guys I'm dating and their friends. [more inside]
posted by akita on Dec 21, 2015 - 11 answers

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