Virtual Third Space

Your first space is where you live. Your second space is where you work. And your third spaces are places for community, fun, and leisure. Think churches, cafes, bars, etc.

My younger cousin socializes on Fortnite, Roblox, or Discord instead of at the park or mall like I did. Digital spaces are becoming a popular hangout spot for Gen Z.

During the pandemic, I found solace in online communities when physical spaces were limited. I engaged more on Twitter, joined virtual courses, and participated in Discord groups. While face-to-face interactions are irreplaceable, the online friendships I fostered were unique. I connected with individuals globally, formed genuine relationships without meeting in person, and built a network of writer friends through these platforms.

In this case, virtual third spaces can serve as a complement or alternative to physical third spaces for individuals seeking community connections when they may not be readily available near them.

May 3, 2024

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