Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: barely livings ave.
I've had many online friends in the past, but now that I've lost every last one, I've come to not care for online friendships anymore. Now that losing those online friends has left me lonelier than ever, I've realized making IRL friends should be my priority. I constantly used online friends in middle and high school to make up for not having pretty much any IRL ones but they all moved on with no hope of me re-contacting them, unlike if they had been ones I had IRL. I was much more forgettable online, after all. (Ironically enough, even though it was the only place I thought I could be myself.).
I've disagreed with the fact that online friends can't be genuine, as they were some of the most realest friendships I felt I have had, but that was just because they were one of the only things remotely close to a real friendship I've experienced. With how different I personally acted online and IRL I'm sure that still left of many of them questionable.
If most of those online friends had met with me IRL, they would have rejected me just like many other people and be incredibly disappointed once they see what an unconfident, SA-riddled loser I actually am. Which actually happened with one online friend that I had known for over 5-6 years and with who I used to chat with on Skype every single day. After she met me IRL for the first time, she started talking to me online much less and after the second, she stopped talking to me completely. I'm sure she was expecting a completely different kind of person, not someone who could barely even make eye contact... ffs So I'm done going out of my way trying to make online connections just in order to make up for my lack of physical ones. Even though now I'm pretty friendless both IRL and online, having online friends will continue to do nothing for me if I don't fix my physical social life.
After writing this rant, I'm not sure if you were asking about people online in general, friends or not. My contact with other people online has been much more short-lived and loose, so I don't have as much experience with it. I only really kept to my respective online friend circles when it came to chatting with other people...
"So many resources keep me alive
Yet I don't even step outside
So many sacrifices keep me alive
Yet I don't even bother to survive."
"If you think we waste too much then you can sacrifice yourself
Don't push your values
Push your values
Onto the crowd."