When I was a child, I used to find the idea of talking to strangers on the internet odd. One of my older cousins used to talk to random people on the internet through video games. Sometimes, him and his internet friends did group voice calls, despite the fact that they have never met. Such a weird concept to think about back then, right? Parents usually tell you to never talk to strangers on the internet – some of these people could be scammers, stalkers, or just dangerous in general. And I definitely agree. But that doesn’t have to be the case most of the time. If you’re careful enough, your experience in finding friends to talk to on the internet can be fun.
Two of my friends that I now talk to on a daily basis actually used to be my online friends that I met through Twitter in 2018. We bonded over our similar taste in music, common interests, and also because of the same sense of humor. Later on, one of them told me that she’s a student at the same university that I attend. It was definitely shocking. In a good way, of course. When we met in real life, it felt like we were lifelong friends and our conversation didn’t feel awkward at all.
For some, oversharing your problems with someone you have never met in your life could be a better option than expressing your problems with your real-life friends. Why is that? Is it because we’re afraid of worrying our offline peers, or even worse, being judged? Could it be the fear of disappointment? I personally believe these are some of the reasons why people find it easier to vent to someone on the internet.
In the end, online friendships are as important as real-life friendships.