Meeting new people – Good Talk about life




In this Good Talk video I’m raising the question of where you find your friends, and how social media has enabled me to learn more about other cultures through the friends I meet here.

Good Talk is an ongoing series where I talk about my own experiences with different feelings, thoughts and dreams. Good Talk is meant to be a conversation about life where I just open up for discussion in the comments, and where you, the viewer gets to share you thoughts on the topic of the video. Feel free to post long comments, and even better, respond to other people. That way it becomes a two-way communication where we can all learn from each other’s experiences, regardless of where in the world we live. Thank you all for being a part of something that is very special to me.

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18 Comments

  1. George Robakidze
    March 6, 2018
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    What is interesting, usually I meet people which are going to be my friends while studying languages!
    For example, I've met one of the best friends of mine while I was attending pre university english courses. The courses finished four years ago and we still are friends.
    There is also a small bunch of my friends which I've met while learning french and doing french thetre in my city.
    And one more bunch I've met while attending summer English courses with native speakers – Canadians. The courses are over but my friends and I, we meet each other several times per month and we play some games like domino or uno or dutch blitz or etc.

  2. Johnathan M
    March 6, 2018
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    I have close friends through my classes and those people's friends and a few from Facebook from an LGBT page that had a status encouraging people to comment and add each other. I've made friends from Brazil, Sweden, Norway, Portugal etc. The funny thing is some of the people I met online I am closer to than the people here. I'd be so happy if I could be friends with you Martin. Just saying haha good talk as always 😀

  3. 《 marije 》
    March 6, 2018
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    I met most of my friends on the internet and they're the greatest people ever. I think it's cool how talking to a stranger online can turn to being friends so easily. And i meet friends at school.

  4. Richie Gonveda
    March 6, 2018
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    Dude you don't know how good timed was this video, I mean seriously, I recently started studing Geography at the University, and I don't know anyone in my "grade" (sort of, I don't know what name should be lol) , but I kind of have an idea of the people because we have a Facebook and a WhatsApp group, and when I meet them in real life they were really nice!! and they share similar interests as me, they love different cultures and languages, music, etc, and everyone is from so different realities, some of them live really far away from the University but their passion of learning is just too big that the distance is just a little detail, friendship is important, and you never know when you make new friends, that is what makes life so interesting 🙂
    Tack så mycket för det här video Martin 🙂

  5. The tall girl
    March 6, 2018
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    I have both good and bad experiences of all kinds of friendships. I have grown apart from friends, I have made new friends by joining sports and I have made friends in school. I have friends I wish I could see more often and I have friends from other cities and countries.

    I find it easy to be more open to people on the Internet, and I also think it is easier today to make friends on the Internet then what it is in IRL. I even fell in love with a person through talking on the Internet.

    But I’ve learned that even if it is nice to have contact with your friends through social media, it is still better for me to hang out with them in real life. But, I’m very thankful for being able to just Facetime a friend if I need to talk and we can’t see each other.

    Making new friends is hard. It’s probably harder to make a new friend than to go on a first date with someone. I’m scared that people usually have a stable group of friends and don’t want to start hanging out with me when they know what they already have, if that makes sense?

    That’s just some thoughts I got from watching this video 🙂

    Also, I think you have said what the song is called that plays in the background but I have forgotten. I love it, what is it called?

    Thank you for doing these videos; they are one of my favourites here on youtube 🙂

  6. Christina Leon
    March 6, 2018
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    That’s a coincidence! One of my best friends lives in Sweden! Need to see you all soon. Been struggling a bit, not going to lie. But the idea of going away for a bit and seeing some of my favourite people in the world soon is keeping me going xxx

  7. Ane Leite
    March 7, 2018
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    We can meet people and make friends everywhere. What social media does is put some people closer.
    I have friends from school, work, sports, neighborhood, friends of friends. They are all around the world, and some of them I miss a lot. Canada, Japan, USA, France, Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands, England, Australia, New Zealand. From time to time my friend from Japan ask me to visit her. Easy! I always say that I in my way…
    But those are the friends that I knew before social media. Actually I used to be cautious about social media and because of that and some other practical reasons (not allowed in my job and too tired to do it at home) it took me time to join them.
    After a while I became more comfortable with that and started to use it for find old friends and make new ones. Mostly at Facebook. I suppose that at least one third of my friends at Facebook are people that went to the same University as me, but not all them were my friends back them. Some attended 10, 15 years before me. Common interests made me knew friends of friends or even start to talk with people that were mere colleagues before and became closer friends. Some people that for some unknown reason I didn't had conversations before. And some people that I knew virtually became friends in real life, more than once. The most funny thing happened at 2014, two months before the World Cup. There was that group at Facebook to talk about soccer. I don't know why someone add me to the group. I already knew a lot of people there, but not everybody. Then someone started a topic about the Brazil's team for the World Cup. After 600 comments of course the topic was lost ages before and as the whole thing became a joke we decided to go further and reach 1,000 comments. We were not receiving notifications about that post anymore, but we persevere and reached our goal. Then we decided to try go to 10,000 but we gave up before 2,000. Well, I ended up with about 10 new friends from just one Facebook post, and I meet them after that in some parties or casual meetings. The fun was even better. I mean, if you can have a virtual interaction with someone and be delighted, the chances that you meet that person and have a lot to talk about are giant. And I have no regrets in these kind of experience.
    There are still a bunch of people that I only know virtually but I really would like to know in person. I don't know if I'll have the chance to meet them but I hope so. You included!

  8. mrk1pk
    March 7, 2018
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    I have mostly two "types" of friendships. One is those friends that i made in school when i was about 6 years old which are like siblings to me 🙂 and i know they will be in my life forever and i will be in theirs. The other major type is people i've met online (and some irl too) from all around the world thru common interests like movies/books/anime/videogames. I love all my friends 😀

  9. Lena Rosic
    March 7, 2018
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    I have bery bad experience when it come to friendship. When I was kid, I had a friend (boy) who had to move with his family to America. I cried not sea, but ocean of tears. Then I made a friend with one girl and we got along well…until one day she turned out to be thief (robbed me) and our friendship ended. Through my childhood and the whole school I always had a problem with connecting with others. You would think like, I am shy or something….NO! I just never fit with people of my own age. I am too honest, myself, emotional and I am not interested in things the other people like (I believe that I had mentioned it in some of your previous videos). I CAN tolerate certain things, but the problem is that I dont fake if I like something or not. Now I am not very trustful in friendship. I have a friend and see each other when we have time, but part of me keeps telling me that it wont last and to prepare myself to be disappointed once more. I also have a guy with who I cooperate (we share the same thing we like – mythology and folklore) and I somehow want to form a friendship with him. Do I feel lonely? Sometimes yes, but I tend to focus myself on something that makes me happy. Would I want to have more friends? Yes, but I would preffer them to be from other countries, not from mine (the experience). 🙁

  10. Miss Shades Of Cool
    March 7, 2018
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    This video is so relatable! I have very few irl friends and many more colleagues. I have way more friends online from various social media. I just find it hard to meet people who want to hang out and things like that.

  11. LfredDub27
    March 7, 2018
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    I’d love for you to come speak to my sixth graders about this. Especially meeting new people from different countries.

  12. Lina Thorne
    March 7, 2018
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    I was legit surprised when you mentioned me! Meeting you was crazy, because I love what you're doing and because I haven't met a lot of people from YouTube. So it's like I had been watching your videos for awhile and then – boom – we met up in real life: that's just crazy, haha. One of the things that I sort of discovered in 2017 is what I call The Magic of Blurting Things Out. What I mean by this is that online (and kinda in real life too) I am usually one of those silent followers, because I can be very passionate about what a person is doing, but I just don't want to be…annoying or something. I told you in a DM on Instagram that I was going to Stockholm, but before I had hit "Send", I was thinking like: "Why am I writing this? It's not like we're gonna meet or something". Oh, boy, was I wrong! so I am happy that I actually sent that DM. And it had happened to me a couple of times before, when I wanted to meet up with a blogger from Instagram, but I was not sure that that person would want to meet me. But I decided to give it a shot and everything turned out to be better than I imagined. So I think it's important to at least give it a try and approach people that you want to meet up with.

    Also, I've met many people through the internet, which is awesome. I met one of my closest because she DMed me on a social media platform. Also, she moved to another city a couple of years ago, so we don't see each other often, but we are still very good friends. So yeah, you don't need to see people every day to be great friends with them.

    Tack så mycket för The Good Talk! 🙂

  13. rivans
    March 7, 2018
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    One thing I really like about you and the ideas that you put out here is that they are very relatable. It’s like you’re taking the words out from my mouth lol.
    I love meeting people. Some became plain acquaintances, some friends for life. Irl, I’m grateful to have made friends from school, where I live, work, and other connections. One thing I do enjoy is meeting people from different corners of the world through travel or mostly the internet. Not to date or anything like that but just be connected and have hopefully meaningful conversations. What a time to be alive. I consider you as a friend Martin whether you like it or not ha ha.

  14. Jane Mendenhall
    March 9, 2018
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    I met most of my current friends on the internet. A few from work. A few from former schools. One I met through a penpal service 20 years ago.

  15. Philippine Islands Adventure -Milo A Filipina Expat
    March 9, 2018
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    Meet friends all over..,comes in many different ways…thnx for sharing

  16. Michael Short
    March 12, 2018
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    Most of my friends are either ones I met while at school or people i've met off of the internet. Mostly off the internet

  17. Martina Lucija
    March 14, 2018
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    Now when I think about it, I met most of my great friends at my previous jobs, workshops, college. And there is Facebook. I met beautiful people through that social network that become my closest friends. One of them was one of my greatest love before I met my husband on one of Croatian social networks. So, I can say, Internet had a big influence on my life. And still has. 🙂
    And, the most beautiful thing is that now, when Im in a period of big changes, I attract people who are very similar to me (soul mates), who I "need" to show me the way. I cant be happier about it. <3

  18. 책여행자
    April 2, 2018
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    Well, I am a student majoring in English language education. Currently I am having a hard time interacting with other people. I am quite introverted but it does not mean that I hate meeting others. I love to meet new people and make relationships, but I am not outgoing nor talkative. Unfortunately it seems that most people (at least around me) think it bizarre or even improper to be introverted. Should I be extroverted to get along with others? If I have to, then I will try. But getting changed is not that easy.

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