I am quite active in the online world. I have two blogs. I am on Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, Orkut, Tumblr..you name it, I am there…except on Myspace. People may criticize “online friendship” as to be devoid of trust, full of false claims, a sign of having no “real” life etc. I admit there are lots and lots of people out there who cheat , deceive and lie on the Internet and one must always exercise caution while making new acquaintances on Internet.And I am just talking about friendship. Online love is all together a different ballgame.
Also there does exist a difference in viewpoints towards online friends due to generation gap or differences in personality. But I feel it is all about connection and communication. These can happen anywhere through any medium with any person! Just like a real friendship, online one too has its own trials and tribulations.
Most of the problems in any friendship arise if the friendship is founded out of wrong reasons like neediness, emotional dependence, attraction, lack of social validation or even solely on positive emotions because all of these are temporary. The issue with online friendships is that in the vast majority of cases they happen due to on one of those temporary and unreliable factors. Real friendship too has the same problem but to a lesser extent. Then there is the problem of lack of certainty of positive intentions and long term commitment in online friendships.
Having said all that, I still very much believe in online friendships. Friends in any world can make mistakes knowingly or unknowingly and friendship in any world can go wrong[ Read Anubha’s experience] ! I have had bad luck too but then I have been also lucky to have great online friends even though some of them have now faded away with time and age.
In this post I would like to remember all of my blogger friends – both old and new and all of my online friends – past and present and dedicate this poem to them.