Does anyone else use Omegle as a measure of reader response, to see how a synopsis of a situation hits a stranger emotionally?
An example: At my university, there was a girl with terminal cancer, suicidal, a few months to live. I pity dated her. It’s been a year. She’s not only alive, but recovering. She wants to be engaged. How do I dump her gently?
That’s one I used tonight, with minor modifications to gauge how responses changed. When the terminal patient is male, for example, responders suggest you make a logical appeal even if it will hurt the patient. When the sufferer is female, the questioner is accused of being inhuman, or the person responds, “Don’t. You can’t do that to her now.” The hardship of the questioner is so secondary to the patient, that it isn’t even weighed.
When the patient isn’t suicidal, people adopt a nonchalant, “Just tell them” whether the patient is male or female.
Engaged, proposed engagement, just dating; no marked difference.
Reword it so the questioner is a bit more aloof: At my uni, there’s a girl with terminal cancer, suicidal, a few months to live. I pity dated her. It’s been a year. She’s not only alive, but recovering. She wants to be engaged. How do I dump her! and EVERYONE attacks the questioner, male or female.
It’s an interesting way to tailor the response you want from a story.