When I was a young teen, between the ages of twelve and thirteen, I began to meet people who would shape me, and stay in my life even through the hard times, and through the times I’ve been a bit of an arse. These are my internet friends. People I’ve met on the internet who I just gel with. People I care about, and who care about me. These are the things that they have taught me.
Friendships are real regardless of how far away you are from each other
I’ve developed real feelings for people all around the world, and no not feelings feelings, like, I care about you and want to see you do well in your life, type of feelings. My closest friend, someone who I trust and tell everything to, somebody who I’ve gone to for advice over and over again is all the way in Mexico – would you believe it? I’ve told her my deepest worries, I’ve cried to her when I’ve been feeling low, we’ve laughed about memes, spoken about fashion and swooned over Life is Strange. These are real moments we’ve shared together, they’re real feelings of joy I’ve experienced, with my best friend.
I only really Skype one person in particular, most nights of the week, and the technical difficulties are amazing. From my Skype making my macbook lag so much I thought there was something wrong with it, to Skype not letting him sign in for a couple hours which had us result in using another app (that neither of us are very fond of). Even though I’m thankful for Skype because I get to speak on what feels like a more personal, close, level, it is crap.
Patience is of a virtue
I do plan on meeting all of my internet friends someday, obviously we each need the money to meet up, and we each need the time. So patience has been pretty important in keeping these friendships alive, and I do feel like I’ve gained a new level of patience for texting too. I’m the type of texter who replies in seconds or I never reply, and some of my internet friends are like this too. I don’t get so antsy when I don’t get an immediate reply anymore thanks to my lazy texter buddies, so I have gained patience, and an understanding of reasons why somebody I know in real life hasn’t replied, because they’re probably busy, or playing The Sims.
People are amazing
My internet friends are the most amazing people I’ve ever met. Especially the friends from abroad. These are some of the most intelligent, caring people I’ve ever met. I’ve been lucky to learn things about different cultures, and I’ve been blessed with some really great people in my life. I definitely get a little bit envious of their smart brains, and I’ve also had some dumb questions answered for me that I’ve always wondered, for example: “If you speak two languages, which one do you think in?” – which normally gets answered the same way. I don’t know why I always ask it.
I’ve been taught confidence through having internet friends. It’s amazing actually, that people that I have never met before have given me confidence, but it’s my internet friends who have been the most supportive of the things that I choose to do with my life, they’re normally the people who make me feel really good about myself, and thanks to Skype, thanks to Snapchat and thanks to Messenger Call, I’ve lost my fright of phoning people too, well, not completely, I’m garbage on the phone, but it doesn’t take me days to psych myself up to book a hair dressers appointment.
So these were a few things having internet friends has taught me. I honestly think there’s loads more, but I’d keep going on forever. When I was in school, when people found out that I had internet friends they definitely made fun of me for it, but right now I’m so glad that I have these people in my life. They’ve stood by me through basically everything and I’m truly grateful to have them in my life.
I have a lot to be grateful for when it comes to the friends that I’ve made on the internet. These are some of the most realest friends I’ve ever had, and some of the longest friendships too. When I think about how in school, people would call me weird for talking to people online, I now think about how fortunate I was to meet my internet friends because they ended up being so special, and how the people in school who called me weird were so wrong about my friends, and what it’s like to have internet friends.
I do intend on meeting all of the friends that I have made online. I also intend on remaining friends with these people for as long as I possibly can.