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Are Online Friends Real Friends.
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Posted 10/5/14 , edited 10/6/14
What do you guys think? I don't think they are are they? Or maybe I'm just being delusional? For the most part, I don't think so. Mostly I think of them as strangers on the internet no matter what. Even if they seemed to be really nice people. Give out thoughts on what you think?
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Why do you hurt me like this NF05? I thought we where friends.... wtf...
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Of course they're real friends. I have plenty of friends over the internet that I've met in real life through events. One of them was such a close friend in the weekend that I actually got to hang around with them that I absolutely cannot -wait- to see them again. Just a few more months!

I've never understood the thought that just because you aren't talking face to face, you can't possibly be friends.
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sure there friends.
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I've known some really cool and awesome people through the internet but I haven't gotten to meet any of them yet.

After all, most people you meet on the internet are far away.

I'd like to meet some of the people I know online, but I'm not that sociable face-to-face :x
Conversely, I do talk a lot on the internet at times.

Back to topic, I agree with the above posters.
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I like to consider them more as an acquaintance than as an actual friend. No matter how much you converse w/ them, they're still a stranger to you even if you think you know them or not. Unless you're planning to do some sort of meet up in the near future, they're just strangers to socialize with. Those are my two cents anyway.
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I don't see why not. Only real difference is you can't see them in person. I hear people becoming good friends (even to the point of meeting IRL) starting from when they met online. Of course it's not in every case but it's still possible.
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Yeah they are!

A good example of this is my friend Hidan. We met playing some games of Halo 3, purely through random matchmaking. We just formed a party and ended up becoming friends. I introduced him to my friend group and we all are amazing friends. Just because he lives thousands of miles away doesn't make him any less important to me.
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With technology in this day and age, I feel like getting to know people and forming a friendship with them through the internet is an open-minded concept. I feel that forming bonds and friends is not just limited to the people in your town. So, I think they are real friends, the only difference is that you have yet to see them. It's kind of like making friends in your town and making new ones in another town. I know a friend that is in a relationship with a girl he met over the internet and they are hitting it off real nicely! Thanks to the internet, you can now make friendships all over the world! But, just be careful who you talk to because, well, you never know...
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Posted 10/5/14
I'd like to believe so
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Posted 10/5/14

JuJu26 wrote:

With technology in this day and age, I feel like getting to know people and forming a friendship with them through the internet is an open-minded concept. I feel that forming bonds and friends is not just limited to the people in your town. So, I think they are real friends, the only difference is that you have yet to see them. It's kind of like making friends in your town and making new ones in another town. I know a friend that is in a relationship with a girl he met over the internet and they are hitting it off real nicely! Thanks to the internet, you can now make friendships all over the world! But, just be careful who you talk to because, well, you never know...



I agree, a guy I went to school with ended up in the MTV show "Catfish".
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TommyBurger wrote:


JuJu26 wrote:

With technology in this day and age, I feel like getting to know people and forming a friendship with them through the internet is an open-minded concept. I feel that forming bonds and friends is not just limited to the people in your town. So, I think they are real friends, the only difference is that you have yet to see them. It's kind of like making friends in your town and making new ones in another town. I know a friend that is in a relationship with a girl he met over the internet and they are hitting it off real nicely! Thanks to the internet, you can now make friendships all over the world! But, just be careful who you talk to because, well, you never know...



I agree, a guy I went to school with ended up in the MTV show "Catfish".


Ah, really? I bet that was an interesting moment for you!
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Posted 10/5/14
Definitely! I actually met someone online who lives in the same city I do, and hope to meet her soon. Friends online are definitely really friends in my opinion.
Posted 10/5/14
You seem highly critical.

What about our family-ness?

Oh how could you do this to my poor heart, brother?

... Of course they're real friends.

If they're there for me, that's called friends right?

What else is a friend, otherwise?
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Posted 10/5/14
Some are some aren't.

When you call each other by your real names, share pics of each other and kind of know/trust each other, it starts to feel almost interchangeable with an RL friend, especially if you're frequently Skyping. I've met two friends from my internet forum so far, with the first one I did a trip through southern France and Catalonia, while with the second I did a two-week tour of Japan. Neither of them felt different IRL because I knew them in RL terms online.

As for other people you're less close with though, yeah they're pretty much in the "internet buddy" zone for me.
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