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Speak Your Mind: Internet Friends

Right now, a significant portion of my income comes from writing on the Internet. As a result, I spend a lot of time on the Internet. Like, an unhealthy amount of time. By necessity I have to interact with people via online tech like email, Facebook, and Twitter. It was a little uncomfortable at first. I wasn’t used to working intimately with people I had not met in real life.

But, eventually, a funny thing started to happen. I was making friends. On the Internet. I was making Internet friends.

“Internet friends” is a funny term, really. It implies that friends you make from Twitter or blog comments are inherently different from friends you make face-to-face. However, I find that I actually like the people I meet online more than I like the people I meet IRL. Not exclusively, but often enough for me to notice. This makes sense, when you think about it. There can only be so many people in your immediate vicinity, and only a small percentage may share your interests. On the Internet, you have a world of people to connect with.

That’s not to say you don’t need to be careful. Of course you do. But, in my humble experience, Internet friends are awesome, and my life is richer because of it.

Do you have Internet friends? Where did you first meet them? How do you keep in touch? 

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Mindy

Mindy

Mindy is an attorney and Managing Editor of Teen Skepchick. She hates the law and loves stars. You can follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

1 Comment

  1. June 20, 2013 at 1:43 am —

    Oh I have several internet friends across the world.
    Most of them have been made while online gaming – particularly in GuildWars. I joined a guild once in which the people were mostly based in South Africa. The guild leaders arranged a braai (BBQ) for all the local guildies in JHB. With a bit of nerves the husband and I attended and after an akward 1st hour we hit it off the couple that invited us – We have been friends IRL now for 7 years. Thanks to the interwebz.

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