Real Life Friends

I have many people that I call my online friends, but I am not sure if they are actually real friends, as if something happened to me, how many of these friends would try to contact me.  It is easy to make friends on the internet and I am happy and content even though I don’t have what I would consider to be any real-life friends.  My internet friends and I are separated by a screen, but other than that, these people seem real to me.  We share things that we have in common, like our love of writing and I have confided some of my deepest secrets with them, so they are my good friends.  A lot of people have fake people in their real lives, and they will take their souls, if they let them, so at least I don’t have to deal with that.  It would be nice to have sometimes to go out to a movie with, or have dinner with sometimes, but I never seemed to be able to hit it off with anyone on any of the dating sites.  The thing about online internet friends, is that they have a way of disappearing, being here today, but possibly gone tomorrow and there is little that you can do about it.

Written for FOWC with Fandango – Internet.

19 thoughts on “Real Life Friends

  1. “Real” friends also disappear ~ I’ve had a few do that with no explanation. I think real life friends are mostly the same as online friends in that we are together because of common interests, such as blogging (online) or board game playing (real life). If interests change, often friends fade away. I do have some real friends I think I could count on in an emergency, but I don’t really know for sure because I’ve never asked for anything…

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      1. We found that a lot of the people we thought were friends actually weren’t. They dropped us, not the other way around, simply because we said ‘NO’ when they wanted us to be at their convenience one time too often.

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  2. I have talked on the phone with a couple of bloggers and I have met one when he was helping his elderly mother move and drove close to where I live and we met at a Hardees.
    But yea…I talk to my online friends more than my real-life friends… because with families and life….it’s hard to make time….the irony is we text and email more than see each other….Jim, I consider you a friend…it’s such a nice community we have here.

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      1. I really appreciate that Jim. Unlike some bloggers…we respond and comment and make it interactive…there is nothing wrong with someone not doing it if that is their choice…but the feedback is the fun of it to me.

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  3. I still have friends from 40 years ago but it is harder to make new friends in the real world. I can say that I also have many friends online but I have been ‘ghosted’ on a number of occasions.

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  4. I have many real friends from school and college. But I also have many online friends, few of which have come to become very close to me. They are the ones with which I share a significant time of my online world. Its a dilemma if I can call them “real” friends because they might even be knowing me better than some real friends.

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