Can you make friends on the Internet?

Internet friends - So the answer is yes, the best kind of friends.
United States
June 7, 2007 10:42pm CST
Gone are the days of meeting folks at little league, on the commuter train, and at the door asking for a cup of sugar. In the last few years real friendships have been made online. My son ThomE, met his wife online just because he was looking up different birth dates and she happened to have one on that date. Now with 2 year old twin boys, they have been married for 8 years. I am disabled and found a way to meet friends without ever leaving my seat. I found a rare group of women that have so much in common, you would think we are related. In fact, some of us look like each other. I have had the honor of meeting a lot of them in person. Most have come to Florida and I live near Disney World, so they come on by. I have been to other states and met more of these women. We all wondered if it would be safe to meet an "unknown" person, but we took a chance and our lives have been filled with support. We have been there for births, marriages, new jobs, death, illness, good times and sorrow. They are the breath I feel when I am worried. They are the warmth I feel when I cry, and the soft breeze when I laugh. I can feel their touch and the care in each e-mail, phone call or snail mail I get from them. When ThomE was getting married in California, our family traveled from the East Coast, but we didn't know anyone else from there. I was called to the lobby of our hotel because someone wanted to meet me. There standing with gifts in her hand was Laurie, she was representing my e-mail friends. We call ourselves The Girls Club, we number about 30 and are all different ages. Laurie offered to drive over an hour away from her home in LA traffic to give me Mother-of-the- Groom gifts. How about that? When my grandson Nathaniel died, they were there in a spirit filled way that could be felt by all my family. For new homes and new jobs, our Girls clubs cheered. For sadness and sorrow our Girls Club cried. A few years ago, the Girls Club had a meeting in Atlanta, Ga. It was a hoot, they all brought home-made gifts and something from their home state. They even got tattoo's! OK, the kind that wash off after their husband fainted when the gals returned home. They had a sleepover that kept the Hotel staff laughing all night. Five came to stay with me in Florida, and we never got to sleep... all we did was laugh and chew on ice chips. We shared our scars from life and illness, we showed our faith and hopes. These gals are amazing. Out of the five, three looked like me! How does that happen? It was all in God's plan! Lately, I have been meeting friends from far away... not just far away, but far far away. At first it was Ireland, Scotland, Guam, Japan and the Philippines, then my world opened up wide and I met a young man that lives in Nepal. Who would have ever guessed that a 63 year old grandmother would get to write, meet, talk and love so many new friends. So what have I done for my new friends? I laughed with them when we had a wedding shower and a baby shower online. I cried when a parent died. I shook with fear I heard one my Girls Club friends new house burned to the ground. I celebrated new grandchildren, new homes, and getting a clean of health from the doctor after a long illness. I waited online with the others on 9/11. I reached out to friends that were in need and called friends that needed to be cheered up. In the years as a travel agent, I got to see and meet a lot of people, but it was only for a plane ride, a cruise or a hotel stay. We would exchange information, but life happens and you lose track after a few Christmas cards. We know online pals, they are there on your Buddy list. They are a key stroke away; you can even have a picture of them in your computer files. You know their birthdays, their kids name, if they have a cat or dog. You know what they spouse or partner do. You know were they were born, what schools they attended and if they have a passport. Why? Because you have opened a new internet door that brings in friends you thought it was not possible to meet. How many of you know someone from Nepal? I have even found friends from childhood. One tracked me down just by searching Google for my name. So the answer is yes, the best kind of friends.
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13 responses
@tallgee (16)
• United Arab Emirates
9 Jun 07
the internet has really made a grea impact on our living today.it is truly a global village, like they say, with different community. you can have the best kind of friends on the internet but i've not been able to have one. can i make you one caroleekaufold. i'm looking forward to hearing from you.
@fengbo (731)
• China
9 Jun 07
yeah,i will make friends on the Internet. At first time,i don't believe i will make friends on the Internet,i think i don't have enough courage to meet "unknow" in ture-life.But in near 1year i change my thought,it's because of i meet a girl on the Internet,she bring my so many different feeling,when i have a chat with she,i will feel very happy.At last i ask her tel number,sometimes i call she and have a long time chat.I think i will fall in love with her.I believe we can become the best friend in ture-life,i think about marrywith she in the future.I have many best wishes.
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@Amit1975 (204)
• India
9 Jun 07
I have many friends online. One from Russia, one from India, one from America. They send me emails daily. They are my best friend.
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@bcl_me (582)
• Philippines
9 Jun 07
Wow, the wonders of technology is perfectly working so well on you...you are meeting and getting more acqauinted with your new-found friends...which is really quite amazing...love, trust and happiness must be lording over you...I so envy you so much!
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@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
9 Jun 07
I really do think you can make friends online and even meet some. I hope to meet some of my friend shere on mylot and hope to meet you too. Have a great day.
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@KrisNY (7590)
• United States
8 Jun 07
I only wish I made friends like this through the internet- Yes I have made a few friends- but what you described sounds wonderful- I met my signifigant other online- We were both in a chat room for NY- This was 7 years ago- We started talking and found out that we both grew up in the same town- How odd is that?? He was in NC and I was in NY at the time- We chatted online for a long time- then decided to meet when he came back to town for a wedding- He moved home and we have been together ever since- Fate-- I think so- Love the internet!
@Beauce (50)
• United States
8 Jun 07
Yes, I've made some friends online... I even married one of them, that was a mistake. but Yes it is possible to meet friends on the internet, of course, you must be very careful as there are some real sick people out there.
• Philippines
8 Jun 07
yes you can make friends in the internet. well most of friends from the past. i've already kept in touch with them with the hgelp of friendster.com. i searched their names and add them to be my friends. most people around the world are friendly enough tomake friends with. so it is not hard to make friends.
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@foxyfire33 (10006)
• United States
8 Jun 07
I don't know who is more blessed, you for having the opportunity to make all these friends or all the people who have had the opportunity to be your friend. You are right though. In this day and age, online friends often can be more "real" than the people we see everyday.
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@donsky14 (5954)
• Philippines
8 Jun 07
wow, you're really lucky to have met such people on the net. Ü . And you've met some from the Philippines as well ^__^ . I'm a Filipino too. I have some friends online, but I haven't met them personally yet. because I'm really busy and stuff. I have this one friend who I met in a chat room in YM...she's really fun and we share a lot of things in common. I feel so comfortable telling her things about me. I really wish one day we'd get to meet.
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@butterfly39 (3904)
• Philippines
8 Jun 07
I was so touched of your story. Yeah, for one year of working facing in a computer. I learned to be online just like my peers doing. Infact our management is not too strict with regards to browsing website but make sure that you won't get a mess about your work or else they might fire me out. I met one friend from Mineral point, Missouri USA, and she's been my best friend now. Our children were sending letters and chatting sometimes. Another one is from California, a business man and we used to talk every other day just to share something nice and good. I found another one from Florida, he's a divorce and lonely man seeking for partner inlife. But we're just friends. Thanks a lot for the opportunity say that im still looking for some friends all over the world.
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• India
8 Jun 07
yes even i agree to that we can definately make friends on the internet i have many friends and i m looking forward to make new friends
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
14 Jun 07
I never used to think that you could make friends on the internet. I thought that because you don't really know who you're talking to, people could misrepresent themselves, and talking to them would be a waste of time. I'm starting to change those thoughts because of some of the friends I have on Mylot. I think their true personalities are coming through, and I'm enjoying hearing from them, and replying to their discussions. I think it would be great fun to meet some of the friends I have here. You're lucky you actually got to meet some of your online friends. You're really making the most of the online friend experience.