I spoke with a guy from India in his early twenties who was frustrated that he couldn’t have a relationship until he got married.He lived in a small village and wasn’t allowed to interact with other women. I spoke with a European woman (I wasn’t sure where she was from) who was a History teacher to high school students.I found a website where you can nominate to either be a ‘listener’ or a ‘venter’.Each person who went on the site was given a pseudonym that was randomly generated. I thought it would take a lot of small talk to discover what people were really looking to vent about. Each conversation I had began with the venter beginning with, It was refreshing to talk so openly and honestly with people, even if I didn’t know the full story.She had a male best friend whom she had been close with for 15 years.
I spoke to a person — the only identifier they gave was ‘lonely’. I was confused at first but realised they wanted some sort of role-play. Was this just a gateway for them to have chat-room sex? Yet all of them wanted to talk to someone about things they didn’t feel they could discuss with the people in their own lives.
This seemed almost absurd to me, given the very different health system here in Australia.
I talked to an 18-year-old girl who worried she was pregnant, and instead of getting a pregnancy test, she wanted an opinion from me (a stranger) to decide if she was pregnant.
Both women had previously had a conversation about it but it didn’t solve the jealousy issue. I spoke with a woman who had been separated from her husband for two years. She had hoped that they would rekindle their relationship. I spoke to a guy who was frustrated that the girl he liked wasn’t responding in kind, even after he had given her gift certificates to theme parks and texted her often. He told me that he couldn’t handle, I frankly found the whole conversation repulsive. don’t call women ratchets and hoes), but I don’t think anything I said could change his whole viewpoint on women.
Her husband emailed her a book to read and asked her to respond with her thoughts. The last person I talked to was a young guy from Australia.
But I soon realised that there were more people on this website than the first three young guys I talked to. I talked to a US man struggling with severe medical symptoms that made life almost impossible.