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Offline Firelight

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Are furry conventions a good way to socialize?
« on: May 27, 2013, 10:29:25 pm »
Or just being furry in general? I'm a loner but I try to socialize just so I'm not Anti-social. But I don't really like other people so I was wondering if being furry might help?

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Re: Are furry conventions a good way to socialize?
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2013, 03:38:22 am »
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Hmm, That's a hard one, I'd say yes, though I've never been to one myself.
I think they'd be good places to socialize because there are lots of awesome accepting people in the fandom! I've already met lots of awesome friends right here on Furtopia!
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Re: Are furry conventions a good way to socialize?
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2013, 02:15:10 am »
I would think so...although; it's always best not to be so shy. I've never been to a Furry Convention, but I have been to an Anime Convention...a few times lol. I'm a REALLY shy being and I tend to not talk to much unless talked too. But at the Anime Convention, I know there are random people just given out hugs like we're all one big happy family. We can just straight up talk about anything really and be accepted lol because being a 'geek' or whatever is what everyone should be when at a whatever convention xD!

So, yes, it is a good way to 'socialize' because you can truly be yourself and not feel down and outcast because it it >w<!

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Re: Are furry conventions a good way to socialize?
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2013, 01:10:25 pm »
Furry conventions are an excellent way to socialize :) I've got some of the best friends on earth, and a fiance to thank furry conventions for. I'm quite shy as well however during conventions? I open up alot more then i find myself doing in the real world ^^
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Re: Are furry conventions a good way to socialize?
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2013, 03:22:53 pm »
Yes and no I have met many new furs but at the same time  notice the cliché nature  between generations. Many younger furs tend to stick to their peers.  I say this being 52.

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Re: Are furry conventions a good way to socialize?
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2013, 04:25:29 pm »
I think that may be true being 13 and all. (:
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Re: Are furry conventions a good way to socialize?
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2013, 11:16:20 pm »
...although; it's always best not to be so shy.

If only that were a choice...

Anyway.

I have to agree that the answer here can be both yes and no.  If you're shy enough, you can manage to shrink into the background at a con and still not interact with anyone.  I've done it.  However, it can be a wonderful opportunity to step out of your normal life and meet people who you have more in common with and thus a better chance of actually connecting with.    It's a whole lot easier to make friends with people who share your interests, and, by going to a con, you're selecting for people who have at least one interest that you know about.  Then, if you do a good job of selecting which parts of the con to focus on, you can end up narrowing the field even further.  I know that I was completely overwhelmed by my first furry con.  I didn't know which panels or events to go to, but my husband told me I should attend all the writing related panels.  In retrospect, I feel like that should have been obvious, but, at the time, I reasoned that I'd been to tons of writing related panels at sci-fi cons, so why did I need to go hear the same material over again?  Of course, the real reason for going to those panels is that they were where all the other furries interested in writing were hanging out, and I made a lot of friends who've made a big difference in my life since then.
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Re: Are furry conventions a good way to socialize?
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2013, 11:56:05 am »
It depends who you are. I got more than a few pictures at AC last year, but I didn't really socialize with too many different people. I had a chat with one person and danced with another, but that was really it. I'll talk to people openly, but we don't really hang out. I am pretty socially awkward.
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Re: Are furry conventions a good way to socialize?
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2013, 01:48:09 pm »
I think that any convention is a great way to socialize... So yeah!
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Re: Are furry conventions a good way to socialize?
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2013, 09:43:23 am »
Since I've never been to a convention (but hoping to in the future), my opinion probably doesn't mean much. However, I think that conventions ARE a good way to socialize.
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Re: Are furry conventions a good way to socialize?
« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2013, 10:00:47 am »
I guess I'll find out come November.

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Re: Are furry conventions a good way to socialize?
« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2013, 12:13:28 pm »
I think it depends a lot on your personality. I'm very shy and introverted, so I found the con that I went to horrible to socialise at: too many people I didn't know, too much noise. If you're more of a people person, then it probably is. But if you're shy and withdrawn, not so much.

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Re: Are furry conventions a good way to socialize?
« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2013, 03:30:04 am »
When I went to my first cons in 2006 (Megaplex and MFM) I didn't know anyone there besides a few furs I already met online. Mostly I just kept to myself and took a lot of pictures. Now I know a lot of furs and its easy for me to socialize.

The best thing is to walk around the convention, and if you find something interesting (fursuiters, someone or a group of furs drawing art) hang around and try to say "hi" and introduce yourself. Most furs are friendly and enjoy talking, and a lot of fursuiters love to have their picture taken. That's how I got to know a lot of furs over the years.

And I dont recommend going first to a big con like Anthrocon, Further Confusion and Midwest Furfest. It's easy to feel "lost" and ignored there. I recommend going to a smaller convention first to see if you like the atmosphere and its easier to make freinds there.

Also, getting really drunk or high at a con is NOT a good way to make new freinds! Act like a drunken idiot at a con and people will be talking about you for weeks online... just a warning!
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Re: Are furry conventions a good way to socialize?
« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2013, 06:34:33 pm »
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Re: Are furry conventions a good way to socialize?
« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2013, 08:12:22 pm »
Yes and no, personally I find them harder to socialize at then anime conventions... However I've only been to one furry convention so I can't really say for sure if it was bad luck or not... That being said I did meet a few cool people.
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