Territories were conquered and new friendships were formed March 12 at Langara Hangouts’ inaugural event.
An epic battle of Risk kicked off the group’s board game night, but the conversation quickly turned to how to get more Langara students involved. Just three people turned out to the Facebook community’s first gathering.
Digital age sees less face-to-face connection
Langara Hangouts was created for students to meet new people and have fun, according to club creator Patrick Tam. Unfortunately, posting messages via social media is often as far as many young people are willing to go.
“I think that’s how it is now. People are shy,” said board game night participant Himme Nguyen. “It’s very hard for them to reach out, just because of the way I guess they were raised. [Technology] brings us together, but it also separates us.”
Tam hopes to get students to break out of that mold by encouraging them to meet up outside of the classroom.
More men participate than women
So far, sign-ups for current and future events have been dominated by males, which is something that Tam and group administrator Mahalia Nahanee aim to change.
“There’s usually a pretty huge difference in [participation by] males and females. I’m not really sure why,” Nahanee said.
The group has two female administrators, and Tam hopes their input will encourage more women to get involved.
Tam said he expects a range of other indoor and outdoor activities for the group, including paintball, water and pillow fights and pranks.
The group is still in its infancy, and Tam said where it goes from here is really up to those who choose to reach out.
“If people have any new ideas for what kind of events they want to do, just come to the [Facebook] page,” Tam said. “Anything goes.”
Reported by Ben Zutter