online friends...

United States
July 28, 2009 11:39am CST
Do you have many online friends?? With all the sites like myspace, facebook, public forums.... online chats... there are people out there that we may talk to every day --but they dont live near us and we become friends online by talking either weekly, daily, monthly....etc. I belong to 4 forums (non paying, but through authors of my favorite books) and I have people on there that we have talked for a couple years now...and I would say they are friends since we talk about every day stuff and things that are going on with our families... along with the new books we are reading and what books we are waiting on to come out. One of my friends online is in the middle of moving and wont be able to get online for a few weeks after they get into there new house... until everything gets hooked up.... so I will be sad as I talk to her daily. Of course I have other sites that keep me busy along with my online money sites that I have started this year. Even here at mylot there are many of us who have friends that answer to our discussions and we answer to theirs....and we start to get to know them. So do you have many online friends?
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28 Jul 09
I have quite a lot of online friends, some who started out as online friends that i have gone onto meet in real life and meet up with now and then. A few friends from the US and Canada, we send parcels back and forth for our children at christmas and birthdays yet we've never actually met eachother. I am a moderator on another forum so i get to know quite a lot of people who pass through the site, hence my gigantic friends lists on places like facebook.
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• United States
28 Jul 09
that is so cool!!!!!! what site are you a moderator do you mind me asking?? a couple of my forums are not as busy as they use to be but the ones that have stuck around are pretty close... and I call them friends. thanks for the response and happy mylotting!
28 Jul 09
Im moderator on a parenting forum, its 75% UK based but there are members from all over the world. I love making new friends around the world everyone is so interesting :)
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• United States
18 Aug 09
That's incredibly sweet that you sent holiday gifts for each other's children! I agree that having international friends is one of the best things about meeting people on the web! My family and I are not big travelers and we never really had the money for it anyway, but thanks to the Internet I now have a friend in Belgium that I would love to get the chance to meet one day. It's so interesting to learn about her and her culture--little things, like how they put mayonnaise on their french fries in Beligium and she thinks it's funny that no one does that here. It's a really valuable form of education when you can learn from real people and have that personal twist on things.
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
29 Jul 09
I have lots and lots of online friends. A lot of them I've known for 4 or 5 years, and some longer than that. Some of my friends I've met from here on myLot, wayyyyy back when myLot was just beginning! I belong to other forums too, not paid ones, but health forums and such. There are a lot of honest nice people out there. Sure, there are those who are not who they purport they are, but I think after you talk with somebody for a long time, you can pretty much figure it out lol. I like having my online friends. I no longer am able to drive (health reasons) so it's nice to have friends to talk with on a daily, or other, basis!
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• United States
18 Aug 09
oh I agree, for those who cant get out of the house --online friends are the best...and yes you also have to be cautious since you never know who you are talking to at first... but if after some time you do get a feel for what certain people are and what ones to call friends.
@Pleiades (847)
• United States
28 Jul 09
I started to actively use the computer and internet for social things about seven years ago. I'm 36 now and it took me several years after my first husband left me for me to touch one...he wasted so much of his time on it, ugh. Anyway, since then, I've a wealthy collection of Swedes, Nords, Canadians, Americans and a handful of others. Some of these people and I are connected by a common interest, others by friends of friends... Some of them I've met in real life...and that's always a joy. *Pleiades
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• United States
28 Jul 09
that is great that you are able to meet so many people in real life...what a great way to make new friends!! sorry about not wanting to touch a computer after your divorce but I can understand what you mean. thanks for the response and happy mylotting.
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
28 Jul 09
I have a few that are online that I talk with frequently. Most of them are on here and one other site.
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• United States
28 Jul 09
Isnt it great to be able to talk to so many across the world from your own home!! I love that!! thanks for the response and happy mylotting!!! have a great day!
• Malaysia
28 Jul 09
Since being active in cyberworld I have made many virtual friends. I am also a member to few social sites but mylot gave me the most number of friends. I like this site and I have met many beautiful people here. Some of them I am actively chatting in YM. I am also a member of Facebook, tagged and many other site, name it and I am likely a member there.
• United States
28 Jul 09
I think that is very cool... and yes thanks to the internet we are able to open up to so many others around the world and get more friends that way!! thanks for the response and happy mylotting!!!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
28 Jul 09
I do have a lot of online friends. This started for me when I was pregnant with my son three years ago. I joined a forum with other mothers that were expecting within the same 10 day period of me. We talked everyday throughout our pregnancies and still talk now about how the children are growing up. We shared in the joy of their births and the pain of one girls miscarriage. I've actually met a couple of them in person. I also have online friends through digital scrapbooking, they probably know me as well as my IRL friends. Besides sharing the craft of scrapbooking, they are a group of people that I feel like I can turn to for anything that I need. So, in retrospect, in the age of the internet I probably have more online friends than I do in real life friends.
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• United States
28 Jul 09
that is so true, with the introduction of the net we really have reached out across the world and are able to have more friends that way ...and its nice to have some one to talk to when you are at home and find others that have interests the same as we do!! thanks for the response and happy mylotting!! have a great day!
@suzu12345 (470)
• India
1 Aug 09
yeah !!even i got number of net friends !!!especially from myspace,facebook ,orkut ,hi5 ,tagged..even some of my friend are from different countries!!!so u can imagine!!!and the situation is even more exciting of knowing me having some brazilian friends that can not speak english,,so i use translator to talk to them!!!but talking anput country net friends i got number of them to whom i talk regularly!!!my lot i guess can also be seen a plaform to make friends ,,i guess there must also be chatrooms and scraping!!that are ease to use to communicate with more of the users
@erikmama (12929)
• United States
1 Aug 09
i have about 30 friends on my space but not al ot on any other sites. i use it manly to communicate with people i know and i am new at all this anyway
@anniefannie (1743)
• United States
1 Aug 09
i have af few on line friends but they won't talk to me all time they send me all of this other emails but don't talk to me i have one that we talk to everyday my friend for over 40 years.antique lady.i guess they are to busy not like me i make time for my friends
@sameroad (3180)
• United States
30 Jul 09
I don't really have that many online friends anymore. i used to have a bunch but they kind of faded away... there are a couple of people though who i have known for a 5-6 years now. I have never meet them but i love them. they are good friends. the one guy actually lived close enough to me that i could of met him but i was always too shy..now that i am not and would like to met him. he has moved to another state. lol i still talk to him online. but it sucks i wont ever get to met him and to think that i had the chance before...
@quita88 (3716)
• United States
30 Jul 09
I have several on line friends as do most of the responses here. I have one friend I've talked to over the last several years and she lives in England. the very best friend I have too. And, another one from Canada, and another one from just about 200 miles from me and yet several from different states, and also some from my home here in Montana I joined mylot under a new, special friend, amazonlady, some of you might know already but, it's nice to talk to people from other societies and cultures. I've only been a member of mylot for a couple of weeks and loving it ! So, here's to good friends, on line and off line .
• Philippines
29 Jul 09
Well, that's the purpose of mylot..endless form of communication and allows to get to know each other. but still their just online friends. you don't know what they're up to or their deep darkest secrets and problems. but you are lucky that you made friends here. i have a few buddies but friends is way far of..
@ckyera (17261)
• Philippines
29 Jul 09
i have lots of online friends from facebook...well they are just there because of the games there which requires lots of members...aside from that i don't have any connection/communication from them...they are just on list... but on the whole time that i am on line...i think i just have few friends online that i think are really my friends...one that i meet on 'tagged' and we chat every now and then i he's a good listener i think coz i can freely tell him anything and even give his advices sometimes...but i find more friends here on mylot coz like what you have said, i came to know them more through discussions and sometimes pm's...
• India
29 Jul 09
Hi friend, I am very much interested to make friends.I love to chit chat with friends.I have around 100 online friends and here i am around 120 and above.I have friends who are from here.I even sometimes chat with them. Have a nice day
• United States
29 Jul 09
I have had a lot of online friends as well. Years ago when I first became vegan, I joined a vegan forum online to talk to others about it because everyone I knew ate meat, and it was hard to be vegan in my teens when I was doing it all alone. They gave me the resources I needed, and I came to respect these people. When I had learned enough to where I could teach others, though, I found the board didn't interest me any longer. I truly cared about the people but I was always bored being on the website, since there was usually nothing new. I found the same problem on a child-free forum years later. Since I was six I knew I didn't want kids, but I had never found a friend that felt the same way. Once I met my husband almost five years ago, I found that friends and family were badgering me about if I imagined kids with him, and I didn't see myself having them at all. So I joined a child-free forum so I could talk with other women who didn't have that maternal instinct. I met many people on there who I care for, and would continue talking to if I could stay interested in the website itself. To make a longer story short, I have a lot of people who have enriched my life that I've never met face-to-face, but it always depends on where I meet them and how that affects the relationship. That's why I love myLot. You have so many topics you can talk about, so I feel like I won't get bored here. Plus, you earn money here! The friends I've already made here are people I already care about, whether or not they know it. :)
• India
29 Jul 09
I indeed have about 35 friends who are my online friends on yahoo messenger only.THeir are numerous on ORKUT,G-Talk and rediff bol messenger.
• India
29 Jul 09
I also have quite alot friends..and talk to them quite often through yahoo messengers and Gtalk..
@dex1007 (556)
• Malaysia
29 Jul 09
I do have a few online friends. a few years ago, i joined a forum for harry potter fans. the lot of us that stood out, knew what we were talking about, build another forum to avoid amatures, who think they are harry potter fans and have hardly ever touched the books. we got to know each other, but now all of us are in collage. they don't go online much, i wish to find some new online friends.
• United States
29 Jul 09
I have a few really close online friends that I actually met through online video games! It starts as adding you on your messenger, so you can play in the same server and then it gets to a more friendly basis like how are you, what's up kinda thing. My longest online friend I met in December of 2005 so it's been almost 4 years! Unfortunately I don't talk to him as much as others but we still keep in touch. I didn't think that making friends online or even people that date online was a very good idea because you can lie easily online, and there are predators but my best friend which I met in person moved to another country and we talk online every day and even "hang out" by watching the movie at the same time while messaging each other and our friendship is still going strong even though she has been gone for 4 years (but we see each other in the summers). So I do think online friendships are possible with a lot of trust and communication! Great topic!
@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
29 Jul 09
Hi bookreadermom08! I have a lot of friends here on mylot!!! I don't know how many but like I said, it's a lot. I also have a few friends on facebook. Some of them are family members. For example, one of them is my niece from Tennessee and two of them are my nephews who live in Orange Beach, Alabama. One of them is my cousin from California. Some of them are friends of theirs that I have become friends with. Kathy.