19 Mar 2017
Internet Friends, Real People
Near the end of a self-help book, the author wrote that social connections we make with others online aren't "real."
The next sentence said that online communities are "pretend communities." The author explained that they don't "come close to fulfilling the legitimate needs we have."
I understand the point he was making, but don't entirely agree.
It's true that folks I know online won't notice if I left the garage door open, or lend me a few dollars until next payday. In nearly all cases, they can't. They live too far away. Some aren't even on the same continent....
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