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I used to laugh at the idea of meeting friends online. While in HS when most of my friends were busy chatting at IRC chatrooms and having eyeballs - I had a boyfriend, thus I never understood the fascination with chatting and getting to know a person without physically being with them.
A few years later - I learned how to chat, to surf the net, join forums and to blog.
As I joined forums, I met people online. These people - to be honest, I have no clue about. I only knew them with their nicknames and their activities online. Somehow - seeing their comments and opinions on certain topics, showed me that if ever we met, we can be good friends. This is where I realized - online friendships can actually work!
Never in a million years did I think that I these online friendships would turn into deep friendships that I would forever cherish, value and appreciate.
I turn to these friends for comfort. These friends of mine keep me sane when all of those physical friends are nowhere to be found. They keep me company at night when I can't sleep. They entertain me with their views on life, food and of certain things. The best thing about my friends online is that - they do not pass judgement on me. This is what I appreciate the most with these friends I have online, this is why I love them so dearly. They go out of their way to help me, cheer me up and lift me when I am down. This made me realize that a friendship can deepen without physical interaction. The time spent online chatting and reading one another's opinion - we can actually see the real person behind the nickname. What's best is that - these friendships cross oceans, mountains, continents, time zones and race.
You guys know who you are. I am FOREVER grateful for the friendship and all the things that you have done for me.. THANK YOU for everything!
Here are some of my team members' take on - Online Friendships:
Mara says that online friendships taught her a lot in life
Michelle is still a little skeptical on online friendships
Em learned the idiosyncrasies of online friendships
Leela who's really shy met friends online
Shoutingwind who has met interesting people online
Mindy who is very grateful to her online friends
THANK YOU for all those who joined in the discussion! :)
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