Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Internet Friends

So, last night my husband and I were talking, and I said something along the lines of, "Well, so-and-so does this."
"Who?" he asks.
"You know, so-and-so.  I've told you about her before."
"Wait, is that one of your INTERNET FRIENDS?"
Oh. My. God. Ya'll, he totally used air quotes.  And the tone he used, well he might as well have been saying IMAGINARY FRIENDS. 
He then proceeded to tease me (all in good fun, because that's the kind of relationship we have). 
"Does she even exist?  Have you ever seen a picture?  Maybe she's actually a serial killer!"
He was totally relentless.  And while we laughed about it (because at 9:30 at night, using only my blackberry, I actually COULDN'T find a picture of this chick), it led me to wonder.
Are internet friends really friends?  I guess what I mean is, do you clarify between types of friends?  When I say, my friend showed me this, should I have to specify that it was (gasp!) an internet friend?
(Also, who else thinks that the air quotes were totally unnecessary?  Yeah, me too.)

P.S. How completely biased are these responses going to be, considering no one I know in *air quotes here* REAL LIFE *end air quotes* reads this blog?


  1. I totally know where you are coming from on this! My husband is the same way when I talk about my internet friends! But, I do think of them as real friends, just one's I don't get to have a beer with! They are ALWAYS there for me, even if I post or tweet at 3am...someone responds. That's almost better then IRL friends!

  2. Yeah, I always feel weird telling stories about my "friends" who I haven't actually met in person. But I seem to do it fairly regularly.

    But seriously: I don't know anybody in "real life" (using air quotes. ha.) who has babies. My in-person friends all have older kids, or no kids. So the internet has been huge there. I also don't know any avid scrapbookers in "real life" (ha.) either. My mom scrapbooks but... we met Cathy Zielske once and after she walked away my mom turned to me and said, "Who was that nice lady?" Sigh. These are two giant pieces of my life that it's just nice to have people to chat with about. Makes me feel a little less crazy.

    Besides, with all the layouts we all post, you really would have to be Grade A psycho to fake a whole online personality with a bunch of crafty peeps. Although, you did inspire me to start using a real photograph for my Twitter avatar. Just sayin'. ;)