my e-friend can (virtually) kick your real friend’s butt
March 5, 2008
I had some debate sessions of online friends vs. offline friends (or as some like to refer, real-life friends), and then this post happened.
Statuory Warning: She is my online friend and is a black belt in eKarate, an online course from shaolin.edu, so be good to us.
So, how is my e-friend better than your r-friend (real-friend)? Here comes the deluge of bullets:
(*) My e-friend is always there for me, virtually 24×7. Our hi’s and sos get replied almost instanteously (via email or twitter or IM or umpteen other mediums) compared to your “missed calls” and “unreturned” calls to the personal cell numbers. tch tch..
(*) Real life friends only call or pay a visit when there is a need (obviuosly *their* need). My exhausted evenings are cheered by random “wanna frendsheep? baba blacksheep” scraps by total strangers. Beat that. The only thing they expect in return is “poking” (a Facebook term) or “Friend them” (yes friend is now a verb!)
(*) I can check out 20 (female) friends of any friend of mine at a time (when browser is full screen), can you do that in real life without a black eye?
(*) My efriends have charisma (radiated by their dynamic blog templates, avatars, etc.), an air of mystery (I am still trying to figure out their gender, as geek1980 is not that helpful), are non-judgemental (except on the issue of wordpress vs blogspot vs livejournal: WP bloggers rock).
(*) My efriends are concerned citizens: they sign petitions, forward chain emails and help me make money by clicking on my senses (adsense). I can see you turn your face away in shame.
There were a couple of more points which were washed away in a draft that is now irretrievable.
Now, if I were to explain these above *intelligent* arguments to somebody in real life, I would have been laughed at, but I anticipate to get some pats from you people (yes nancy1234, even you), so, here is my back.
Related: must-watch video by my e-friend Demetri
All sarcasm aside, I respect the online contacts as much as my real life contacts (or vice-versa). But isnt a person less judgemental of the other acquaintance when met online? ofcourse we tend to jump to conclusions, half-baked notions when met in real life in the first place, but doesnt online meeting try to bring out the “real” you *from inside* without any apprehensions? Just a thought.