Does coin collecting make you anti-social?

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by JCB1983, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. JCB1983

    JCB1983 Learning

    So basically I've done nothing but go to school and look at coins for the last 8 months or so. I never thought about it making me anti-social until yesturday. I mean if you think about it CT and other forums are semi-social, as well as coin clubs and shows...

    Yesturday was my first day of class in order to get my real estate license. I can't put a finger on it, but I was just different than everyone else. Maybe they were putting up fronts... but I'm sitting there listening to these people chatter on about the latest fads, the best schools, with big smiles on their face and perfect postures.. and honestly I felt like it was one giant BS parade. It didn't help that the teacher was completely full of himself and was hitting on one of my classmates.

    Anyhow... I'm really starting to wonder... Did I have these people pegged right? I mean does the rest of society put up some sort of a show, or has coins made me completely anti-social?

    Sorry for the rant.
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  3. coinrookie85

    coinrookie85 Member

    i dont think it makes you anti social, those people just dont share a common interest with you so IMO maybe you just dont want to interact the way you feel you should. but what if you heard a couple classmates talking about their latest score from their bank teller, maybe you would want to interact with those people. my job for example, i work with the public all day, outside of work i dont really associate with many people like i used to. i do not associate with alot of my old friends due to "lack of interests". all of them are the party type and me, well not so much. and let alone if i tried to talk to any of them about my three hobbies they would just look at me like i had 40 heads. my interests are coins, paper money, and my favorite is aquariums. i find in my area there are not alot of people in my age range (im 27 years old) that share common hobbies so i seek refuge on sites like this, and where i find a large group of people like me. so i think you are ok and i wouldnt consider it anti social at all.
  4. JCB1983

    JCB1983 Learning

    Coins, Golf, and Poker right here.
  5. medoraman

    medoraman Supporter! Supporter

    I don't think anti-social as much as you find their interests silly. I get this way at times. I know studying ancient history and economic systems does not make me better than anyone, but after being buried in such studies and then hearing people gossiping about the latest hollywood starlet to have a "wardrobe malfunction", whom is dating whom, and similar vacuous topics you really do feel out of place.
  6. coleguy

    coleguy Coin Collector

    I was anti-social before I collected coins, so in my case, no, it hasn't made me (more) anti-social.

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    Kind of a silly question isn't it Jason since you are asking it on a "social" web site ?

    If you were anti-social, you wouldn't be here would you ?
  8. AdamL

    AdamL Likes Silver

    I don't think it makes you anti-social at all. In the last few years I have gone through phases when I was a pretty social person, and other phases where I was pretty "anti-social". And coins were there through both types of phases. Coins aren't the problem ;) Besides, if they were, you could say the same about almost any other activity that you can do from the comfort of your home.
  9. largecent37

    largecent37 Coin Collector

    Well, if you make friends on forums and at coin shows/clubs, coin collecting makes you more social. My only close friend is my friend because we both collect coins.
  10. jjack

    jjack Captain Obvious

    Makes me bit paranoid when friends/relatively ask loudly in public places about whether i am buying any coins :rolleyes:
  11. camlov2

    camlov2 Member

    I don't consider a chat or forum environment a social environment, It could lead to one through clubs, shows, face-to-face interactions though. I think I have only seen two members from this website in real life (as far as I know) and I only talked to one of them. I would interact with many of you outside of the website if given the chance but I don't think that is true for everyone here. It is like the car commercial where the kids are proud of how many friends they have on facebook while there parents are out being truly social.
    I feel that I am a social person outside of these forums but the time I spend here could probably be used interacting more with those around me. However, you guys are more entertaining then many of them.
  12. buddy16cat

    buddy16cat Well-Known Member

    On the contrary, I think that it makes you more social than anti-social. Unlike my major in college and graduate school, computer science, coin collecting requires more interaction. If you are roll searching, you have to interact with a variety of banks on a regular basis. If you purchase coins at shows and shops, you interact with dealers and often discuss coins. If you encounter others with the same hobby you interact with them discussing coins you have.
  13. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    I don't think so. You seem pretty sociable tuday.
  14. scottishmoney

    scottishmoney Bammed

    Anti-social? Huh? Lots of my hobby involves me schmoozing tellers at banks to get the numismatic goodies that inevitably cross their paths. I think if anything it has made me much more social. :devil:
  15. Tinpot

    Tinpot Well-Known Member

    I'm with you, I have no interest in all the recent fads and that type of stuff. Are they putting up fronts? Depends on which part you are referring to, the part about big smiles and postures, I'm sure some are faking that. Most probably really do like talking about the fads though.
  16. oval_man

    oval_man Elliptical member

    "Give me truths, for I am weary of the surfaces." –Ralph Waldo Emerson
  17. Zlotych

    Zlotych Member

    I don't think coins made you anti-social, you just happen to be what may be called "cynical". Many of us have the disease, coin collectors or not.
  18. Taxidermist

    Taxidermist Collector of US/IL/RU/DE

    If they were talking about coins, you would have jumped right into it, pointing their mistakes or just trying to learn more from someone more knowledgeable. I doubt you`re anti-social, you were just bored by their shallow chat topics.
  19. icerain

    icerain Mastir spellyr Supporter

    Everyone has different interests and everyone has different standards. What some deem acceptable in society some practice it without a second thought. (I'm talking about the flirting) Sometimes you just have to grimace through it, and besides if you found out everyone that class collected coins too that class would be very boring since they would be talking about nothing else.
  20. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    Maybe being anti-social helped set the stage for your interest in coins. :)

    Lots of people are introverts. It doesn't mean you can't be sociable; it just means that it's stressful, and you need time alone to recover from it. (Extroverts, in contrast, can be alone, but it's stressful, and they need time with people to recover.)

    I will say this: if you're naturally introverted, you may want to think long and hard before you pursue real estate as a career choice. As you've seen, it's a field that heavily favors extroverts.
  21. TheNickelGuy

    TheNickelGuy Coin Collector

    Not me, but I know that most often, talking about coins is a boring subject :yawning: with my non coin collecting friends.
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