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Are Online Friends Real Friends.
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20 / M / CT, USA
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Posted 10/6/14
It doesn't matter whether the friends you made are online or not. Friends are still friends. The only difference is the way you met them.
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You only get a couple real friends to begin with and i don't think purely online relationships could ever be considered a real friendship.
However times changed and people call someone a friend nowadays for every small worthless crap they do online in social medias so i am sure that there are a staggering amount of people out there who really believe in pure online friendship.
I think that's fine in its own way the world did change and if everyone slowly becomes socially awkward because all they know is online social medias its as good a friendship as most people will ever experience anyways.
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M / Houston, Tx
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You're communicating through a device, it's still communicating.

So yeah, sure.
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It depends on how long and to what depth one's engagements have been carried on as far as I'm concerned. I've been engaged with the regular participants of the Best Guy and Best Girl tournaments for a sufficiently long amount of time to consider them friends, and there are plenty of individuals I have spoken with at great length which I consider to be close who weren't participants.
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Posted 10/6/14 , edited 10/6/14
I feel like anyone you share pieces of your life with, or talk through issues together, or even just goofing around with is a real friend.
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They're definitely real, and they're definitely friends. Online experience however, is severely limited and a heavily filtered experience. We're all more than our digital personas or online interactions suggest. Online friends never experience each other in that way, unless the relationship is ALSO "IRL".

So... there's that.
Posted 10/6/14
To be honest, I think the same as you. I don't trust people on the internet at all.

In the end, I have no friends anyway. A lone wolf is what i am.
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Posted 10/6/14
Pretty much. They can turn their backs and shit talk you, just like real ones can. Their words can hurt you and penetrate you. They can be assholes and sweethearts. The internet's anonymity allows for both backstabbing bitches and genuinely kind people to befriend you. Problem is, you can't exactly tell who is what.

I've had some very bad experiences with online friendships, but also lasting ones. I consider them real friends until proven otherwise.
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20 / M / California
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Posted 10/6/14
Real friends? That's going a little bit too much. But they're friends.
Since I can strike up a conversation with my internet friends and not be afraid of getting awkward when saying things just like when I'm with my actual friends I know in my town.

I guess it's all about the level of closeness one would have between the friends they know in their actual town/school and the ones you would meet online like here or any social network/forums.
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23 / M / Costa Rica
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Yes of course. I have 3 friends that I met online, and right now I would consider them of my best friends. Been talking with them for many years, met offline etc. I consider it just a way to meet them. You may meet people at school, at work etc, and from there you start to develop a relationship, this is the same just that you met them in a game, forum etc.
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Posted 10/6/14 , edited 10/6/14
Depends. My good friend for 3 going on 4 years now is from Canada and I met him in a Black Ops 1 Search and Destroy lobby. He's like a brother to me and has introduced me to his family and friends. Oh, and he's from Dildo, Newfoundland.

So yes, I think online friends are real friends given the circumstances.
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Posted 10/6/14 , edited 10/6/14
Online friends are real friends. I mean, if you are small-time friends with someone online, that is one thing, but if you have a good, well established relationship with someone online and it is a friendship, they can be considered a good friend. Sure, it is different from a traditional friendship where you meet up with someone in person and interact with them face-to-face, but you really can have good friends with people you know online, who could live far away, and you've never met in person, and (like in many cases) may never meet in person.
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Posted 10/6/14
Sort of, depends how close they are.
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friends are, by definition, defined by the people involved. I may view a person I know in real life as an acquaintance. We may know a lot about each other but if there's no actual emotional attachment, they're still just an acquaintance. Physical proximity has little to do with friendship. If a friend you live near goes off to joined the armed forces, when they are stationed away, are they any less a friend? If one is hospitalized in a town far far away, are they suddenly less a friend? If there's emotional attachment still, regardless of distance, a friend is a friend. If there's no attachment, than, no, they are not a friend.
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Yeah, of course. I treasure them as much as my real friends. Even if there are no faces shown, at least it's the personality that bonds you.
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