Romance, actual romance, is a bit of work. Arguably worth it, but that's not the kind of investment people typically put in via the Internet. Quick, fun cyber-rolls in the hay will fall into your lap in the fandom, but that's not the same thing.
I can agree with that. 100% of my online dating has always been based on urges and lies. Now that I look at it, I suppose a lot of them were actually furries (if not closeted ones at the time). I don't do online relationships because I don't expect anything from them anymore. XD
Socialization can also be a bit of work, and I find socialization via the Internet to be shallower if not just outright warped in its dynamic, but you have to REALLY be an incredibly disagreeable person to not find a spot for that. If I can manage that both IRL to an extent and on the Internet, I struggle to imagine what kind of person cannot (beyond folks on the spectrum who have varying degrees of difficulty with that from the outset).
It's incredibly easy to talk to someone online, but at the same time, it's not like I don't get social interaction with customers at work. It's just not satisfying
. I don't care for random small talk or whatever holiday is coming up. I don't care if the sun is out or not. I want something more fulfilling and I don't want to have to pretend to be something I'm not, just to try and fit in somewhere. I'm not sure about OP, but for a long time, that was something I struggled with. You can be surrounded by so many people and still be/feel so very alone.
Nowadays, for me, it's just 'people be craycray in a bad way
'. Anyone who has the guts to strike up a conversation IRL with me is (more or less) mentally disturbed and I'm one of the few new people in town that is oblivious to their history. Any time I do try to be friendly and strike up pleasant conversation (even at geek/game stores) I get rejected by their social group via awkward silence/watching them shuffle off to a new location. Then of course, there are SO many people out there just looking for some action/romance, they won't even consider befriending you unless you match their sexual interests.
Whether or not OPs post was genuine is still debatable of course, but to vent something like this is easy for me to sympathize with. Life is whack, yo, and the process of elimination is exhausting. Sometimes people just need a gentle push in the right direction (towards something they might not have even known about) or a bit of networking.