Are online friendships real

Are online friendships real

Everyone knows having friends makes life more enjoyable. They are the people you turn to when you want to have someone to go someplace with or have a conversation with. They patiently listen when you need someone to vent to and give you the emotional support you need when you're going through a tough time. If you're fortunate, you have several friends you can count on to always be there for you when you need them.

Logical people can disagree on whether the people they meet online are real friends, especially when the friendship is limited to Internet use only. Some people believe friends should be in each other's company to have a real relationship and online friendships are just fantasies, because the people on each end might be using deliberate deceit to try and fool one another. Other people argue that just because you are in someone's presence doesn't mean he or she is being truthful.

If someone wants to be deceitful, spending time going places and doing things with his or her friend won't matter. The real question that should be asked is whether or not people can trust each other. Yes, there is more of a possibility that people can hide things online easier than in person, but there is also the possibility that with the face to face equation taken out of it, people feel freer to be more open about who they are and what they feel.

Hiding behind a computer monitor can be a very secure thing for some people to do. If individuals are self-conscious around others, then not having to see others and vice versa can relax them . Logging onto anonymous web sites, ones where someone doesn't have to tell anyone his or her real name, can further build a person's confidence. The feeling of freedom for someone to say whatever is on the person's mind, without any ramifications, can attract like minded people to that person. Discussions can begin and thoughts shared, possibly leading to a potential friendship. The possibility of two people eventually being comfortable enough to tell each other who they are or even to meet in real life always exists.

Websites like Facebook make it possible for people to get to know each other better over the computer. Whether it's someone you've known for years, an old friend you haven't seen for years, a co-worker, a schoolmate, or someone you've never met in person, usi ng this website can help people share who they are on an every day basis, if they choose to. Because pictures and information can be seen, a person would have to be fairly confident he or she wants to add someone to his or her friend's list from the beginning. If a person was having second thoughts about adding someone, that person c ould delete or block the particular friend off of his or her list.

Even if someone is against online relationships and doesn't feel real friendships can be made, there's no denying that it is a convenient way to connect with people. The fact that two people can be thousands of miles apart, yet still communicate, is an incredible thing. It's also important to remember that Internet use makes it possible for people , who wouldn't have met each other in a mo re traditional way, exchange thoughts and ideas. The world is a huge place that has been opened up by online use and lots of people are embracing it.

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