One of the biggest advantages of IM is that you are independant. I guess I could always make my profile pic of some hot girl then everyone would be banging my virtual door down wanting to be my e-friend One of its biggest drawbacks is that unlike other jobs where you dont have a social support network; you take all your lumps alone. This I found can be really depressing. I have tried to balance my life out now with taking up sports again which is awesome but I was wondering if anyone elses work lifestyle is different who also does IM. If there are good ways to make a nice social group even if its only online it can be helpful to share in the badtimes with others. Ive tried encouraging skype groups in the past but unfortunately they usually fizzle out to nothing. There are sometimes some good guys I meet though who stay on my list and we shoot the shit but it is rare. Wondering about other tricks to build up that work based social support network.