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3-26-2010 @ 12:38AM
# If you're having a better time in front of a PC than in a bar/restaurant/sports club/spa/concert... there's something wrong with you. #I stutter. I've been stuttering as long as I remember myself. I stutter less now than when I was a child, but when I was 14, I could spend weeks without speaking a word. When we had to learn and recite poems in school, I "recited" them by writing the text. Even now 4 times out of 10 my attempt to speak results in stuttering.I underwent stuttering therapy thrice: when I was 6, 12 and 16. It had no results.I got regular internet access when I was 18. Until that, I had almost zero communication - communication "in real life" requires oral speech. With the help of Internet I can communicate with people without struggling with my vocal cords - in WoW, blogs, forums. And the big advantage of WoW is that you don't have to find the community - you log in and it's there. People are there. And these people share at least one of your interests. And I can speak with these people without fear of embarrassing them, without meeting their annoyed or pitying look.I am still more comfortable in front of my PC than in bar or restaurant or club. But now I am more comfortable with people than 4 years ago. I am physically handicapped. I was socially handicapped _before_ I started playing WoW! Now tell me that I'm wrong communicating through means accessible to me... if you dare.
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