Warning: TL/DR alert 1st a true confession, *I* was pathetic myself where I spent waaay too much time on this board. I found myself checking in while I should be working, posting on the weekends and as sad as this sounds, getting excited over reps and likes. Then one day I said to myself, "What the fuck am I doing?". I'm just wasting typing and reading words on a computer/phone screen when I should be out living and enjoying life. That was 3 months again and except for a single post, I never looked back. I suggest many of you take a step back and do the same. There is a big world out there and lots of things to do that are so much more productive than wasting time on a message board. When you spend time away for a while and come back and read some posts, you will shake your head in bewilderment on how you were so deeply involved with the bullshit that goes on here. Now, having said that, there are some great people here. People that are kind, nice, and treat people with respect. They offer sound advise to people in need that have truly helped people with their difficult problems or a personal crisis. Unfortunately, these people are in the minority. Most are sad pathetic individuals that have no real lives so they get their thrills by putting down others, trolling and basically just acting like children. I would bet the average age of people on this board is about 45 years old but you would never know it by some of the childish posts that are produced. The need to try to "get a rise out of someone" with a disparaging remark is really not fun or funny. It's pathetic and it makes *you* look small. I'm not talking basic ball-busting either. I'm talking about vicious remarks intended to do nothing but make people feel bad or "one up" someone. It's so easy to hide behind a keyboard and be an "Internet Tough Guy" but it really is a sad existence and speaks volumes about the real person you are. My advise which most of you won't take is if you don't have the balls to say something to someone's face, don't say it at all. Hiding behind a keyboard while saying it only makes you look like the coward that you are. When you break all of this shit down, it's just words on a screen on a silly message board. This is not real life people! Off my soapbox and Happy New Year.