Whether its like a friend, a therapist, or a freak show depends on which "channel" you spend time in the most. Some sections, I've noticed, are quite educational and informative. Some sections are great places to encourage and help others. And two sections, in particular, are a hoot... you'll find more negativity, racism, and wild questions in the religion section and the culture section than any place else. I'm surprise the folks at Y!A haven't stepped in to keep the peace.