Jon the VGNerd

General Internet Friends or Real Friends?

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Used to be internet friends, but lately I'm getting told all my faults by them as well, sooo...no friends needs to be an option :D

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Internet friends, definitely. I could spend an hour just typing the pros and cons, but I am too lazy.

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I was homeschooled so I had very few friends in person before the Internet came along. Since then I've drifted apart from everyone here locally as we have no interests or goals in common so everyone I stay in touch with came from the Internet side of things. That said, we had a very active local MLP meetup group, many whom I still am friends with even after it fell apart, but even then I rarely see them in person unless they come to the house for meetups. Having Internet access allows me to pick and choose those to make important in my life due to similar interests and beliefs instead of being limited to just whoever is around locally, and I get to meet up with Internet folk in person fairly often when I travel to conventions.

I don't really get along with many people locally due to my different interests, and drift apart quickly. I don't keep in contact with former co-workers or childhood friends because we have nothing in common. But there are people I know from the Internet who I've been friends with for a decade or so that I plan to continue to be friends with, as we have things in common no matter the distance. I'd have to give the edge to the Internet, but each person's experience is different. I am an incredibly introverted individual, too, which may cause some bias.

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I guess it's all in what you value in another human being. I'm introverted so I don't have many real life acquaintances, and I usually like it that way. But the real life friends I do have I enjoy being in the company of. In person one can share activity together. Online it's pretty much all verbal. In person, there are those who try to hit on me a lot just to add another notch to their personal batting average so to speak, and those people are not worth knowing. I don't mind personal affection, but it has to mean something. There's something to be said for both ways; online is nice for some things, and knowing someone in person is nice as well, when it's handled properly. 

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I have both. Though I've known some online friends for so long. I kinda consider them irl friends. Friends are friends not matter what to me I guess.

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Prefer real friends.

Because most of them life nearby and not on the other edge of the world.

I can assess a person better who sit next to me, than someone i can't see.

They can help you in real need.

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I prefer internet friends. Many of my irl friends are fine, but internet friends are better and more relatable to me.

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Internet friends are easier to make, but real life friends are more meaningful to have. Ends up being a really difficult choice. 

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I don't suffer from social anxiety. So i have real friends that way. Real friends is the way to live for me. Real is mein lieben.

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My internet friends are REAL friends. Just because friends online don't talk to you face to face, doesn't mean they don't care for you. Sometimes, words matter more.

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It's difficult to confirm which I prefer, as I behave and interact with both in a completely different manner. I only do this to keep things from getting awkward and stopping myself from losing control over my actions.

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I have an even number of both, but my friend I consider to be my "best" friend I've only ever talked to online. He actually lives about 45 minutes from me, we just haven't made plans to meet up yet. 

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I have some, but not a lot of friends, both on and off the internet. I generally feel like I can be a bit more sure someone is a real friend if I meet them in real life, but I still generally have a paranoia that no one really cares about me that much.

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