Online Friends

Mar 31, 2011 in ,

In case you haven't noticed, I love having online friends! They're pretty awesome. Below is my article for this week's edition of Unwritten Thoughts.

The world isn’t just round anymore. It has found another 2D form, vast even in the constraints of our computer screens and tablets. With new technology has come new ways of making friends too. One of the best ways – in my opinion – to make friends online is through common interests. It’s so much easier to find someone who shares the same passions as you online compared to real life, since you aren’t constricted to any one place on the Internet.

Online friends can be really great, and I have quite a lot of online friends myself. Though I haven’t met most of them, we still have close friendships and consider each other “real life friends” because, well, at the end of the day, we are real people. Those I have met, however, turned out to be awesome, albeit ordinary, people. In fact, they were just like old friends I hadn’t seen in a while.

But of course, there are online friends who are much harder to meet – those who live in entirely different countries and continents. Then again, that’s the beauty of having online friends. You get to know people from all over the world without ever leaving home.

The hard part is not knowing what kind of expressions their making or even how their laugh sounds like. A challenge you might face if you talk to people from different time zones is finding time to talk since they might just be getting up and you’re going to bed and vice versa. But I think that having to overcome these barriers makes the friendship stronger, since both sides have to put in an effort to maintain the friendship.

All in all, I think having online friends is a wonderful thing because you can learn a lot of things about different cultures, and also because these people can turn out to be really good friends.

Don’t forget, however, to be cautious when you’re talking to strangers online. Even though there are a lot of genuine people online, there are also those who pretend to be someone they’re not and can also be dangerous, so do be careful.