@fribbledom I'll give you a "yess, but."
Yes, but it is okay for people to need and have comfort zones where they can relax and NOT constantly have your brain stretched.
In my case, Shop is a largely a comfort zone for me, and Quora is the site where I seek out people with differing view points to follow and learn from. This way I have somewhat control over how much brain stretching I get in a day to suit my mental health, which is really important for self care.
The Wandering Shop is a Mastodon instance initially geared for the science fiction and fantasy community but open to anyone. We want our 'local' timeline to have the feel of a coffee shop at a good convention: tables full of friendly conversation on a wide variety of topics. We welcome everyone who wants to participate, so long as you're willing to abide by our code of conduct.