I'm totally fine with talking with people online, I've been on forums since starting with the OG Xbox back in like, 2001. But when a teacher makes you go to like, meetings twice a month for gaming talks and shit like that and expects you to just sit down with random strangers to talk about what you're working on? That's when I want nothing to do with it. I don't drink, and the bar scene is nothing I care for, but for some reason that's where they all seemed to take place.
Well I learned on my own initially, so my main networking was initially only Online and it started when CGTALK wasn't even called CGTALK. My real world networking started when I started working.