I’m sorry to say but you can believe it.
I still have trouble wrapping my head around this and I’ve been online for decades:
A) look at people not from their avatar/name but where they are geographically on the planet.
b: you’re talking to one person from that geographical area.
C) how many people think like they do in their area?
So for example, I think like I do.
You want to know if in an online group of 1000 people who think like me is common or uncommon.
So, you see I’m in Naples Florida.
How many others in that group will also be in Naples Fl?
How many people are in Naples Fl?
I think it’s 300,000.
So with that, you can know for Sure that it’s at least a 1:300000 ratio of people who think like me to the total population of the area I am in.
The ratios can get depressingly smaller in larger areas.
It’s not that there aren’t others around “like me” (whatever that is) but rather what you see online is the whole earth stitched together by single points threaded by thin strands around the globe.
Another depressing reality-check, which might not work as well now as it might have in, say 2010 when it was more popular, is looking for Meetup for whatever you think is highly represented online, say, Libertarian or whatever.
Count how many people in your area go or are interested. Or do it for online local groups.
That’s the same way to confirm but from a different counting method.
I have a third coming:
3rd: Most people do not like writing more than a few sentences.
Online libertarians are one kind of group, among many others such as philosophers, etc, who *do* love writing at length.
As a boy did anybody say to you: “Jason, you’re such a good writer?” I bet they did.
How many around you weren’t good writers?
They wouldn’t be in the pool of writers you see now online either.
BUT, all that I said might be wrong. I’m just presenting a possible bleakness.
But in this bleakness *is* the “miracle of the internet” – that a geographically diverse people can come together so easily that it seems their numbers are overwhelming.