I have friends from the Internet. And I love it. And them. They aren’t the same as the relationships I built in Aitkin, or at Gustavus, but sometimes I am more honest with strangers than I am with friends.
For those that know me through family, you see a different side of me than my coworkers see. For those that know me from Aitkin, you may remember the 3rd grader who cried all the time, or the middle schooler who unfortunately really liked kissing her boyfriend (i am slightly more discrete these days). Or you met me anywhere between ages 16 and 26 when I was certain I was grown up (I wasn’t, and I still am not).
The internet has opened up so many doors for me. With someone who I may only see twice a year, I can send a message on Linked In and get a job recommendation. With a girl who lived in Wisconsin, is from Iowa, and loves science (aka Emily) can end up being a wonderful friend who I can FaceTime and have quick real talk whenever is necessary. And then there are the casual acquaintences who I may only know from Twitter. But they know some of my secrets.
What do you use the internet for? Travel plans? Wedding plans? Recipes?
Have you ever met anyone through the internet? Online dating?