This post is linked to the ‘Blog Tag – You’re It!’ bloghop. It’s an honour to be invited to take part.
Sometimes I wish it were easier to make people aware of the importance of online friendship. We’ve become so used to talking about connecting to the Internet, that we never talk about what it means when we connect on the Internet. Those friendships can be more significant than many would realise at first, and the loss of these can be life altering.
I would imagine there are very few people who do not have some form of contact with people online, so it’s probably understood that once those friends are no longer around, ordinary conversational topics can become more important, or even more difficult to discuss.
We form bonds online because of shared interests, and it can be that those online friends are the only people we can discuss that subject with. (There are many Beatles fans in the world, but I particularly enjoyed the quirks of conversation with Chris…I never knew what was coming next, whether she would ask for my help, or whether we’d just end up chatting about George for a long time.)
But, to return to the topic…if people were more aware of online friendships, and their importance, there would be more respect for those of us who have suffered the loss of online friends. It’s difficult enough to find a personal path through grief for an online friend, without feeling as though you don’t have the right because you didn’t really know them.
Some online friendships can be closer than close personal friendships. We may share far more with those we aren’t lucky enough to see every day than we do with family or close friends. Having online friends gives people somewhere to ‘go’ with the things that they may not wish to discuss with family members. So, sometimes I wish there was more awareness of the importance of online friendship.
Posting tomorrow in the Blog Tag- You’re It! bloghop is Corinne Rodrigues of ‘Everyday Gyaan‘. She writes deeply insightful posts on spirituality in everyday life that contain true pearls of wisdom (or ‘gyaan’ ) for everybody.