These days, many of us are spending countless hours on the internet…probably more time than we even realize (yes, mobile e-mailing, Tweeting and Facebook count, Debbie N’Denial). And though much of our time is spent interacting with friends, family and people from work, a lot of us are communicating constantly with others we’ve never actually met in real life.
Sounds like something the Jetsons might have predicted, if you think about it.
Folks have got Twitter crews, blogging boos and all kinds of folks who they may never actually lay eyes upon, yet interact with on a daily basis. And this isn’t some odd phenomenon amongst anti-social people who’d prefer to make friends from behind a computer screen…everyone is doing it these days (albeit in very different ways and amounts). As someone who was years ago very reticient to interact with strangers online, I’m surprised at the number of people who I’ve bonded with by way of my laptop or Blackberry, especially considering that I never thought to myself “I should look for some friends on the computer.”
Is there a limit to how much one should value a cyber friendship? Does it only count if you take it offline…or should you even go there? Are you willing to go to “Tweetups” or mixers with people you’ve only followed on the ‘net, or do you prefer to keep these relationships strictly digital? Are you more or less likely to go face-to-face with someone you’re romantically interested in than with a platonic e-friend? Or do you find the entire concept to be weird? Holler at us, Clutchettes!