Online Friendships

The following excerpt was written about 10 years ago, and it is still true today, except for the fact that now I am more skeptical than before. I've met some pretty amazing people online from all around the globe. As time passes, and I am the only one reaching out, I realize that maybe it isn't a friendship after all. I will say that these 'friends' have made a difference in my life, and I can only hope that in some small way, I have added value to their lives, as well.

I find online that people want to be friends - if it is fun! When real life enters an online friendship- I find that "friends" tend to stay away. I wonder why that is?

My "friends" could cry on my shoulder all they would like- it wouldn't bother me- but online friends don't really share- unlike me- many people use online places as an escape from reality.  Online is part of my reality- so I have trouble differentiating between people that are trying to escape and people that truly want to be friends- for real!

I don't want to be anyone's escape from reality!
I try to ask people how their day is- not just for conversation- but because I really want to know- and I often have a story of my own that may relate- not that I am trying to make it about me- but to let someone know that I have been there- and if I haven't been, I have a thirst for knowledge....

I'm not sure why some of my "friends" are even my "friends"....
....they never talk to me.

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