With the democratization of Internet I noticed that it has become more and more complex to socialize with strangers because people expect people to share to some extent a similar culture (ever tried to talk about something remotely interesting to a wedding?) and if you don't a conversation can end quite abruptly.
Internet has brought onto the social ground new niche cultures, alternative activities.
Things, the general public never even suspected the existence because of little mainstream exposure.
Social networks like Facebook/Myspace also accelerated the phenomenon with categorization under criteria such as hobbies, faith, education etc. It's become some sort of a habit to gauge if you can potentially get along with someone you just met. People tend to shelter themselves socially.
There are too many alternative lifestyles that it's getting difficult to find things in common with new acquaintances and the web made like-minded communities so accessible (the epitome must be EAN meetups !)
Last Edit: Feb 19, 2010 13:24:55 GMT -5 by Ganbare!
So true ! I remember being so alienated at the time I worked at Starbucks Coffee due to the fact that the only topics my coworkers would ever talk about were either ecology or political news. Since, I bear little interest for these topics, I never had anything to contribute.. I don't think it helped to be 5 years younger than most of them.
It feels like people are becoming increasingly clique-ish in terms of lifestyle and communautarist culture-wise.