Considering how much time we all spend staring at screens all day, it’s still a wonder that we have time for good old fashion human connection. Of course most of that is done through online chatting and video now, but that still doesn’t make it any easier to start from scratch. Probably a lot of the people you talk with online aren’t people you met online. Usually it’s still through school or work or friends of friends. But if you do want to branch out, of course the internet is ready for you, and here are some great ways to meet people, with the first step being a completely digital one.
The Real Dating Revolution
It’s no surprise that it didn’t take long for the internet to offer online dating, but considering how old the internet actually is – say about twenty five years when it really hit ‘big’ – it’s only recently that it has become the ‘only’ way to meet people if you are looking for a quick hook-up or something long term. Sure you can still try and meet people in social gatherings, but that’s usually more coincidental. You would rarely go to a club or bar with the express intent of meeting a stranger. No, the internet has taken that, and whether you are interested in straight dating, gay dating, lesbian dating, or B, T and Q dating, you’ll find apps and websites catered to exactly the sort of person you’re looking for.
But since dating and relationships have gone through a pretty big upheaval or the last few decades, it’s less of a surprise to find that people are a lot more open with different types of couples. More and more people are living in open relationships, or relationships that involve three people. Age differences (all adults, of course) are becoming less of a taboo, and it’s even become more acceptable to announce that you are looking for a sugar daddy.
Do What You Like
If you aren’t actually looking for that other person to have a wild time in the bedroom, and just have a chill time on the couch, the internet can help you out there, too. For the most part, the easiest way to find someone who likes the same things as you is to check out message boards and forums for whatever hobbies or interests you have. Initially the internet had plenty of independently run messages boards for individual bands or tv shows or sports, but now more and more of them are being found under much larger websites like reddit or fandom.
Going to these sites and typing in your favourite ‘whatever’ will send you to a page with the latest posts on the same topic. It’s easy to start chatting immediately with other fans, and finding out that this other person thinks that Close Encounters of the Third Kind is Spielberg’s masterpiece can be the start of a fruitful friendship. Sometimes posting on these sites don’t require words, and instead you posts augmented photos, gifs, and other memes, because it is a creative way to get your point across.
Only thing better than talking about the movies and music you like is experiencing them together, and the internet can offer you that as well. Plenty of official band websites and You-Tube channels are showing more and more full concerts that have been professionally filmed over the years, and on some evenings they will ‘debut’ the concert live. And you and thousands of other fans can watch it unfold in real time, and chat about it in a nearby online window, making small talk about how awesome this is, just as if you were at a real concert.
Classic movies are also starting to offer this sort of experience, where people can text or message famous lines just before they are about to happen. And even if you and your new friends’ tastes are a bit more bizarre, you can still do it informal way by starting the movie on your TV at the same time as they do on theirs, and you can text or message back and forth about what is happening on your screen. Sure, live television does this all the time, but it’s a bit more special when you set it up yourself.
Playing video games through the magic of the internet has changed how an entire generation interacts with each other. Sure, video games themselves are several decades old, but the multiplayer component just started to take off about fifteen years ago, with Halo 2 being the forerunner. Before that, you could only play video games with the friends on your couch. Now they can be on their own couch, half a world away.
And whether you want to run a round a realistic war environment and try for the most kills in one death match, or have a wild, cartoony race through a land of cakes and sweets, there is definitely an online video game for that. Certain games require a certain console (the Call of Duty Series is only available on Xbox and Playstation, whereas the Mario Kart and Smash Bros. series are only found on Nintendo), so you have to pick and choose to where you and your friends’ interests lie. Fortunately, more and more games are offering cross-play, which means no matter consoles you and your friends have, you can still play together (Fortnite offers this).
Holiday In Hunza Will Inspire You
Towards the finish of summer, my family headed off to Hunza for a necessary vacation. We’d been planning the trip for a while, and there was one aspect of the journey that caused some indecision.
One option was to pass the road, eliminating the uncertainty of flight delays and cancellations. The 2nd selection was to fly to Gilgit and then produce the two-hour drive to visit Hunza valley Pakistan.
In the long run, we decided on the lovely route. Although the drive is along with one (we broke the drive by stopping in visit naran kaghan for a night), it’s worth every second because the views at every turn are stunning. I have now been to Skardu a few times, but always by air.
It is a different experience whenever you push through the hills over the Karakoram Highway. This area is extremely lovely, and the pictures do not accomplish it justice. Just know when it looks amazing in a photo, it’s ten times more picturesque in real life.
We stayed at the Hunza Serena Inn, which has beautiful views of the surrounding valley and mountains everywhere you look and an attractive view of Baltit Fort in the distance. There’s none of the noise and pollution of the big city during the night, and the clear skies are saturated in stars, and the music carries over from nearby villages and must visit swat valley Pakistan.
Listed below are some of the things you should take a look at if you’re in Hunza:
That fort is about 700 years old and is affected by Tibetan structure, displaying some likeness to the Potala Palace in Lhasa. As time passes, different Hunza-Nagar rulers have produced improvements and changes to the first structure. In 1945, the Mir of Hunza forgotten the fort and transferred directly into a new residence close by. A lot more than forty decades of neglect left the fort in significant disrepair, and a four-year restoration system, done in 1996, was supported by the Aga Khan Confidence for Culture’s Old Towns Programme.
Approaching the fort is all about a 20-minute high uphill go (from Hunza Serena Inn) along a cobblestone way, so cozy shoes are essential. The superb view of the Hunza valley when your reach the utmost effective is worth the exertion.
Restoration of the Altit Fort began in 2004 and was completed six years later. The fort is currently open to people, and the grounds include the KhaBasi Cafe and the Leif Larsen Music Center.
Tickets cost Rs300, and here too you receive a guided tour of the fort, which is a bit smaller than Baltit but just fascinating and with equally remarkable views all around.
Kha Basi Café
This charming and unique cafe, run solely by women, features a small indoor dining space, but the best location for a pot of tea may be the veranda overlooking the adjacent valley. Stop by after touring the Altit Fort to sample traditional Hunza cuisine, like the Chap Chrro (flatbread with a meat filling), Brustz Shapik (flatbread filled with local cheese, seasoned with herbs and apricot oil), and Diram Pitti (a wholesome dessert made with wheat and apricot oil).