hey gc I saw this thread: and it got me thinking. first you should know the back story though. --- Okay this might sound really dumb, but in middle school and i had a good life. Great friends, awesome classes, my best friend/neighbor was extremely well known around town. I basically knew everyone, hanging out with friends almost every day. --- Then the news hit me: we were moving to Arizona. I was crushed. Not only did I have to leave all of my friends behind, but I had to leave my family as well (aunts, uncles, DAD). So we moved during the summer of me going to high school. I didn't make a myspace/facebook or anything, so I lost all contact with my friends.I'll be straight up honest here, I got ADDICTED to World of Warcraft. hardcore, as in at least four hours a day and eight hours a day on the weekends. Some weekends I'd play for 12 hours sometimes! I fucked up so bad my freshmen year, I got a measly one credit. Failed 12/14 classes that year. --- During the summer of 2004 I went back up to my old home town to see my father for the summer. I saw my friends once. ONCE that whole time. I didn't even see a majority of them. I pissed my summer away playing World of Warcraft. ---- Sophomore year came around. I was still playing. Except it was worse. Freshmen year I had made friends with a lot of people. But my sophomore year I didn't really talk to a lot of them. Did pretty bad again, failing 7/14 classes. --- Summer 2005 I was getting pretty bored with the game. I went back up to my old town again, but didn't even visit any of my friends. I came back down to Arizona, when I quit the game for good. But I got involved in a guitar hero community in which they had an mIRC channel and I was on too much (not addicted) --- Junior year I quit World of Warcraft but was still on mIRC. My grades picked up fantastically. I had been hanging out with a couple of good friends of mine. Starting to talk to people again, etc. --- Senior year was basically a repeat of Junior year, except I dropped the mIRC for good. Grades picked up, blah blah blah. --- so fast forward a few years. I hang out with a bunch of people now, but I never go to a place alone. I am always with a specific friend, probably my best. I find myself to be...socially retarded though. I can't EVER keep a conversation going. I never have anything to say. In college (community) while walking to class or something, I can't ever strike up a conversation. It really sucks. I don't think I have social anxioty because I don't worry about people except for when I meet new people. Does anyone have this problem, and if so did you and/or how did you overcome it?