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Old 08-16-2017, 06:52 AM
 
Location: DFW
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Many people seem to complain about certain places lacking a sense of community, but I believe there's a silver lining in every disadvantage, so what are some of the advantages of living in a place with little sense of community? And what types of people would be better off in these places?
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Old 08-16-2017, 07:17 AM
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I currently live in such a place. Previously, we lived in a place that was very community oriented. Perhaps a little too much, but it was a super nice place. Friendly. Neighborly.
Where we live now is downright depressing. It's the Ozarks, and people have always lived here or moved here for cheap land and to be left alone. That's your silver lining, I suppose.
I'm introverted (introverts should theoretically thrive here), but this is extreme. We have next door neighbors that have interacted more on facebook than in person. It's just weird.
Unfortunately, the attitude spills over into the towns, where few seem to care about the community as a whole and it shows.
Not all of this area is like that. Towns that have attracted large numbers of outsiders have done a better job, but it's still not the same because it's too watered down and too transient.
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Old 08-16-2017, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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I really don't think there is, unless you are by nature anti-social.

Humans are meant to live in communities.
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Old 08-16-2017, 11:24 AM
 
Location: DFW
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I really don't think there is, unless you are by nature anti-social.

Humans are meant to live in communities.
An antisocial person living in a place with a sense of community can simply choose to withdraw and not participate. So it's not really a clear advantage/disadvantage.
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Old 08-16-2017, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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An antisocial person living in a place with a sense of community can simply choose to withdraw and not participate. So it's not really a clear advantage/disadvantage.
Disagree. An anti-social person in a community oriented place would probably be considered suspicious. In a place where nobody cares, well, nobody would care.
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Old 08-16-2017, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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If the place has little sense of community, there is far less judgment foisted upon you for "fitting in" or conforming to certain expectations. Many big cities these days have plenty of transient neighborhoods where people don't care who you are, how much you make or what you're doing as long as you don't harm them or their property values. Bartenders don't expect you to converse with them and know their name, for example. This can be a huge advantage for people who don't care to partake in the dog and pony show/play high school politics into old age.
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Old 08-16-2017, 12:05 PM
 
Location: DFW
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Disagree. An anti-social person in a community oriented place would probably be considered suspicious. In a place where nobody cares, well, nobody would care.
True, but they can simply ignore those suspicions and go on with life. They may have trouble finding a job there but if they already had a job lined up and it's something that doesn't directly deal with people (like programming) or they work online, i don't see how it can't work out.
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Old 08-16-2017, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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This can be a huge advantage for people who don't care to partake in the dog and pony show/play high school politics into old age.
Or ya know, the not-being-a-douche show. Civility is gone. There's your modern urbanista for you: "don't talk to me."
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Old 08-16-2017, 01:37 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Maybe Midtown Manhattan? Very fast paced, very transient, everyone is in their own little social bubble and thats it.
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Old 08-16-2017, 10:08 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Many people seem to complain about certain places lacking a sense of community, but I believe there's a silver lining in every disadvantage, so what are some of the advantages of living in a place with little sense of community? And what types of people would be better off in these places?
I can't think of an advantage of it. I spent seven years in a place like that and it was awful.
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