But I soon realised that there were more people on this website than the first three young guys I talked to. I talked to a US man struggling with severe medical symptoms that made life almost impossible.
Each person who went on the site was given a pseudonym that was randomly generated. I thought it would take a lot of small talk to discover what people were really looking to vent about. Each conversation I had began with the venter beginning with, It was refreshing to talk so openly and honestly with people, even if I didn’t know the full story.
My immediate reaction to these early conversations was to hypothesise that people from this demographic don’t have the real authentic conversations that women friends do.
Most of these guys would have benefitted from just having one real life person that they could talk to about everything — even the small things ().
This seemed almost absurd to me, given the very different health system here in Australia.
I talked to an 18-year-old girl who worried she was pregnant, and instead of getting a pregnancy test, she wanted an opinion from me (a stranger) to decide if she was pregnant.