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22 / M / dawsonville GA,
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Posted 9/27/13
I just wonder if people really do commonly have online friends. As in people they have never met before but consider them very good friends. I really haven't ever had a friend like that online and currently I really only talk to people constantly that I'm friends with in real life. I just wander how many people have friends that their contact with is from a computer or cell phone.
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I have quite a few friends that I talk with on skype while playing games, or whatnot, that I've never actually physically met. Though, I've always been a private person and skype is my preferred form of communication - even with my "real life" friends. One of my favorite people to talk to is a fella from Australia. He's a smarmy bastard. xD

At one point in my life I even started dating somebody who I met online and that lived several states away. We eventually met up and had an awesome time traveling around and staying with each other. She is someone I'll never forget and who definitely changed me in the long run. I'm grateful.

I dunno, I feel like it's not such an uncommon thing, these days. It's definitely not a bad thing.

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I have many friends that I met through online gaming. Most of them I have known for almost 10 years now, and while I have never met some of them, when you talk to someone on Ventrilo almost every day for years, it is like the person is right there in your living room with you. They become part of your life.
My husband and I actually went to meet one of these friends who lived in the next state over. We visited him a few times. We considered him one of our closest friends - almost family. Unfortunately he underwent surgery and he passed away last year. It was sudden and tragic, and we miss him very much. I still talk to his wife and daughter almost daily.

When we cut back on playing, we had invited most of our friends from online as Facebook buddies - we still talk and chat online, but just differently than in the past.
We just recently got to meet another couple that we gamed with - they went on vacation in Myrtle Beach, SC, but decided to stop in VA to meet us on their way home. We chatted in a Cici's Pizza shop like it was common place to go out with them every week. It was a weird sensation to meet them in real life, but turned out to feel extremely natural.

I don't think being friends with someone is dependent on actually having them in the same room with you, or even in the same country.
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Definitely not uncommon.

I have 'online friends' (though I just call them friends) that I've known for over 10 years now; 3 people, actually. One of whom I eventually met and have visited several times over the years. He's one of my very dear friends and I'm lucky to have him in my life. The other two I haven't met in person but we skype, text, talk on Facebook, call, etc. They are two very incredible ladies that have been there for me better than some of my 'real life' (for lack of a better word) friends.

I've also 'met' several awesome people through online gaming (WoW, FF, etc) that I keep up with through different avenues like Facebook, Vent and skype.

However, I wouldn't advise just jumping in your car, or hopping on a plane to see someone you've only had communications with online for a few weeks though. It takes YEARS to build that kind of trust and even then, you can't be sure. I can only hope my situation isn't unique, and that others have created real, long lasting friendships, thanks to the interwebz.
Posted 9/27/13
Honestly I got no idea if I even have goo real life friends, I keep some distance from others whether online or offline
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Posted 9/27/13
I have made a few friends online through gaming but we aren't that close. We still talk to each other outside of the game using email though
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21 / M / Illinois
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Posted 9/27/13
I've more online friends then I do real life friends. I'm actually dating a girl that lives 8 hours away from me, that I met through CR. I just always had that connection that I love to meet people online. because I can't really make friends where I live i'm either to shy to speak my mind or either that i'm to lazy or busy to do anything.
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Common for Kpoppers and Otakus. Because some otakus doesn't have fellow otaku friends in real life. I have plenty of online otaku friends in facebook and Kpopper in twitter.
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25 / M / Dallas, Texas
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Posted 9/27/13
I have some people I'm on fairly good terms with via an online pen and paper rpg. I keep in contact with some more than others, out of the six of us total, I'd say people would probably say I'm "friends" with 2-3 of them. I'd prefer the term "comrades" myself though, I think a "friend" is more along the lines of someone who you and them have an understanding of each other on a more personal level; and you both have something/s that tie you to one another. With a friend you could not see each other for years but the moment you met back up you could just about pick up where you "left off".
I'd say it would be definitely possible to have a "friend" in the terms I described online, as it's more about an exchange of ideas.
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25 / M / Sydney, Australia
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Posted 9/27/13
it's easy to make friends online, with that deep attachment. speaking for myself, i always value someone's friendship whether it be online or in real life.

it's just easier for someone to accept me as a friend online, i mean they can't see my attitude, my behaviour, my eccentricity online. so they can accept me easily.
but people in real life see 100% of me... how eccentric i am, how unconventional my attitude is, so they aren't as readily accepting.

plus, there's not that much commitment you have to make for online friends.... i mean it's not like you can call your online friends in the middle of the night saying you want some advice or help from a deep trouble.


it's tough to make real life friends, there are a lot of people who take advantage of that friendship, and sometimes things like social class, race and sexuality get in the way of friendships... it's a fact, not an opinion.

I mean, I don't know how many people don't befriend for the simple fact that I'm gay... or Asian... but this is the reality of things. I can't force people to accept me... they have to learn to do it themselves.
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21 / M / Florida
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Posted 9/27/13
Personally its uncommon for me to have close online friends, but as for society as a whole i think its pretty common. I play games with some people i met online and play with them sometimes when they are on but i've never had an online friend where we talked outside a game or about personal stuff. I find it hard to have good online friends because you don't know what the other person is thinking, if they like you,if they don't. Real life you could just look at someone and tell if you could be friends from how they talk or act with you, online you can't. However if you do find a good online friend i think its just as good as a friend in real life. Some people its common for and some its not.
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Posted 9/28/13
so far i have 3 childhood friends i grew up with we arn't that close anymore but yarg at i like to say i have 1 or 2 close internet friend iono
most of my real life friend have backstabbed me and i dont know about internet lol
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Posted 9/29/13
i got a few online friends XD
Posted 9/29/13
I can't differentiate between offline and online.
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Posted 9/29/13
yes they are all my imaginary friends
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