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Old 04-16-2018, 10:44 AM   #21
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Friendship is a very sacred connection. It can be formed online or in real life or via snail mail (yes, i do have one person with whom I have been exchanging letters since 2001).
Once I call you my friend (which does not happen often), I am your loyal fan and cheer leader with no expiration date. Location or physicality are very minor details.
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Old 04-16-2018, 11:06 AM   #22
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I do not have any real life friends.

I used to have online friends, one from here that lasted 5 yrs but just vanished one day.

I do talk to people more online bec itís easier for me, but itís also very easy for people to walk away when their online. Especially here. Several people I used to talk to a lot that just disappeared. No idea what happened to them. So I figure they moved on, died or lost internet connection, whatever it is they didnít value the friendship as much as I did & the connection was not important to them obviously.

So I put myself out there less & less. Iím not an idiot & I donít enjoy being ďghosted.Ē And Iím getting very used to being alone.
I hear you. It sucks to get ghosted. Some people donít take online relationships seriously. Iím sorry that happened to you. One of the problems with online friends is that there is no other way to communicate if things change. Iíve probably ghosted friends that I had from being an avid gamer. If I get in a bad place emotionally or just get tired of that game ...well then Iím gone. I to try contact friends and tell them Iím taking a break or moving on, But I donít always succeed. Iíve probably hurt people by doing this and I feel bad about that.
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I don't have any friends. I have 1 online friend whom I've known for 25 years. I talk about my problems with her because that's all I have. Guess that's a real turnoff.
Thatís not a turn off thatís just the way you are. Donít beat yourself up for not having friends. I would be happy to be your friend here at PC. I canít compete with someone who has been your friend for 25 years, but Iím always happy to have a new chat buddy.
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It depends on the online friend, but an online friend can be just as valuable to me as a real life friend, depending on the person and how close we are. I have met online friends, including one where I was involved in an online relationship. You obviously have to be more careful with friends online, as they may not always be who they say they are. I have had those experiences as well, but there are usually signs you can read in that case. I would say that the majority of the time, people online are more/less who they say they are.
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