After something happened on campus, I saw a tweet that indicated that the incident was described in more detail on a Reddit thread, so I checked it out for the 1st time. What I found was that within the umbrella of a thread named after the university were a whole assortment of subgroups (sorry, I don't know the Reddit terminology for how things are structured). My curiosity was piqued. I did some cursory exploring, and found one highlighted group with the name "Find a Buddy @
It appears that the campus has a bunch of students, especially in their 1st and 2nd years, who spend their days alone between classes and labs, eating their lunch alone, studying in the library alone, just passing the time sitting at a bench alone, apparently desperate, completely DESPERATE for someone else to talk to, and they post in Reddit searching for someone to be able to interact with while on campus. I was surprised at how emotionally naked some of these plaintive pleas were, with posts consisting of "Does anyone want to hang out between classes? Just hang out and talk about nothing in particular, just hang out and talk?"; some students try to elicit interest by describing their musical
tastes, what video game platform(s) they have and which games they play, what comics/manga they read, etc. I felt rather depressed after scrolling through a couple of pages consisting of several dozen posts. I imagine I'd have thought very differently about continuing on in academia if each day at the university was an exercise in isolation and loneliness.
Q: Is it like this at other really large urban commuter campuses, does this also occur at small (more residential) campuses, or does my particular uni have more than its fair share of sad sack lonely people?
- Prof Poopiehead