Good question. Well, several people. Maybe not in extreme ways, but certainly in small ways. I think that tumblr has really helped me with my compassion for one. One of the first blogs I followed really struggles with self harm. And I used to think that self harm was really crazy and counter productive, but through her I have really understood that those who do it HATE themselves for it, but can’t stop. They really need help from friends and family to overcome it.
I have learned to show love to everyone, because even the happiest people can be feeling down, and even a simple smile or simply showing that I care enough to take interest can totally change someone’s day and mood.
I have learned a lot about other cultures, and about other nations other than my wonderful United States. I think that it is impossible to be an educated citizen and member of society if we live in a shell of just our state or country. There is so much more out there to be discovered and understood, and a lot of my foreign friends on tumblr have really enlightened me on this.
I guess the greatest thing that tumblr has impacted in my real life is that it has increased my confidence that romantics still exist. I have had a rough two years romantically at USC, and getting such positive feedback from girls on who I am as a man and a romantic has really reminded me to be proud of that side of me. I am a dynamic man, and I can’t try to hide my romantic side anymore. If it scares girls off like it has in the past, it’s their loss. I am proud that I am not out just having sex for fun. I am proud to say I believe with my whole heart that I have a one true love out there searching for me like I am searching for her. And Tumblr has really helped to encourage me to never give that up, for anything.