I'll admit I'm underage this post, but only 17, and I only ever talk about being underage when it’s relevant
I was let on the internet pretty much without regulation since the 6th grade. I was lucky though, and only lurked 4chan rarely starting in late 2017, and that was fit and pol. I think that might have been my saving grace, that my friend got me into it and that we would often talk about it so that I could have more rational thinking about everything. I moved away from pol after my short edge lord phase and would rarely post on places like x and other chill boards.
I started posting more once I got well into /fit/ and /r9k/, but just had nice conversations and avoided the blackpill because I was able to talk to normal people. I am lucky that the internet didn’t fuck up my social skills completely, but now I don’t feel like I’m very attached to either world. I’m too detached from the normal world because of the time I spend online, but I am also not interested in becoming that deeply entrenched in internet culture.
I mainly keep to myself and shitpost with friends, or have decent conversation online, not taking much seriously and having a good laugh, which is what I think the internet should be for.
I like this board so far, been lurking a couple months and occasionally posting if I find a good post, slow enough to have quality discussion and get to know the general community easier.
Sorry for blogposting but I felt it was kind of relevant, definitely oversharing but that's the fun of the internet