#1251: “My friends are mad because I don’t like talking in the dreaded Group Chat from WhatsApp Hell.”

Dear Captain, I looked through the archives and I couldn't see anything on this particular topic, but apologies if I missed something. It does seem connected to the Geek Social Fallacies though. My question is about how to deal with awkwardness and anxieties over the dreaded Group Chat. I have a group of friends who … Continue reading #1251: “My friends are mad because I don’t like talking in the dreaded Group Chat from WhatsApp Hell.”

Books: “What My Mother And I Don’t Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence”

"Sometimes I imagine what it would be like to give this book to my mother. To present it to her as a precious gift over a meal that I’ve cooked for her. To say: Here is everything that keeps us from really talking. Here is my heart. Here are my words. I wrote this for … Continue reading Books: “What My Mother And I Don’t Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence”

It Came From The Search Terms: February Seven

It's time to answer the things people typed into search engines as if they are questions. Here is a seasonal jam by The Avett Brothers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkVM4AxzxCE Lyrics are here. 1 "I can't stand going to my friend's house because she smokes inside." Legit! I have a very hard time with smoke (asthma trigger), the same … Continue reading It Came From The Search Terms: February Seven

#944 and #945: Dudes Who Come With A High Degree of Difficulty

Dear Captain Awkward, I'm afraid I might be walking into an Alice situation (a la letter #247). My boyfriend's family is very conservative and even though he is an adult, he not only lives with them (which is fine) but lives by their rules, curfews, and puts up with their interrogations over who he is … Continue reading #944 and #945: Dudes Who Come With A High Degree of Difficulty

#880: “You should be more independent (Even though I hover over every aspect of your life):” A Paradox

Dear Captain Awkward, I should probably start off by saying that I come from a culture (one of many) where family ties are super close, and family members getting into your business is acceptable and if you complain about it you're ungrateful and aggressive. I am now going to be working in another country (my … Continue reading #880: “You should be more independent (Even though I hover over every aspect of your life):” A Paradox

#680: Dealing with unhelpful and unsolicited attempts at conversion.

Hi Captain Awkward and Army, I am currently teaching English at a public school in South Korea. I also identify as culturally Jewish, religiously agnostic/humanist/spiritual/existentialist/questioning/whothehellknows and believe that people can and should believe in whatever they want or have to believe in, whatever makes them comfortable and happy, as long as that belief doesn't negatively … Continue reading #680: Dealing with unhelpful and unsolicited attempts at conversion.