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[CHAT] Online friends!

A few years ago, I signed up to a site that was about having virtual penpals. There were people from all over the world where people could make friends and do language swaps. Being a somewhat sheltered individual, I was curious to find out what life was like on the other side of the world. Who knew that in Finland, you could acquire a moped licence at 15? Or that in Norway, there’s a massive month-long party for high school graduates? That it’s quite difficult to pass the motorbike licence test in Vietnam? So many strange yet wondrous things to know about how people live in other countries! The experience was short-lived but it had some good intentions to leave me less like a hermit crab.

 

 

 FRIEND

 

There are so many social platforms that we use today to keep in touch with people - the options are endless when we want to connect with family and friends. We use these apps and sites to keep up with people we know and to make new friends. Over the years, more ingenious ways have been created to get to know others like online games, chatrooms and forums. No matter where you live, you can find other people in the world who think, act, and talk more like you, which can be a great releif if you live in a rural or remote area.

 

If you find it difficult to make friends in the real world it's sometimes easier to be confident within yourself online. In situations where you don’t have many friendship options, the internet can be a tempting place to spend all your time. Though this can be an effective way of feeling like you belong, it’s important to consider building your existing real life friendships (even if that means travelling around a bit)

 

If you’re happy with having all your friends online, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. The problem arises only if you are having difficulty with offline relationships as well. Avoiding making friends offline can be a sign that there’s something a bit more serious going on.  

 

***Whether you keep in touch with your friends online or prefer to catch up face-to-face, or if you've made new friends online - we want to hear from you! Join us to chat about online friendships on Monday 28 July at 8pm, AEST!***

 

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Re: [CHAT] Online friends!

Hey all, welcome! I hope you’re ready for another good GR sesh with myself and the miraculous @myvo Smiley Happy

 

Topic of the week is…. Online friendships… ta da! So much to discuss- the how, where, good, bad- I’m really looking forward to it.

 

As per usual, we do have forum guidelines so please play by the rules. And always make sure you take care of yourself, if you’re feeling upset at all tonight please check out the emergency help tab in the top right hand corner.

 

So let’s kick it off straight away with….

 

How do you keep in touch with people online?

 

Re: [CHAT] Online friends!

Hey, hey everyone! Hope you're all good tonight Smiley Happy

 

How do you keep in touch with people online?

I usually use Facebook or Skype, although with a few select few, it's through Tumblr or a variety of forums.

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How do you keep in touch with people online?


I mainly use Facebook.
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Re: [CHAT] Online friends!

Hey @dreamcatcher , welcome! 

 

I used to use skype heaps when I was overseas but less now. It's good to have a decent catch up with someone though because the video makes it so much like being there in person Smiley Happy

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Hey @redhead glad to have you tonight. 

 

Yep, I feel FB will be the big one. Even though I think it's sometimes a different way of communicating than say Skype or meeting in person... thoughts?

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People usually only show their shiny side on Facebook, wherein real life it's harder to hide how you real feel or what you really mean.
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Hey @redhead great point. It's mostly just the parts you want to express, so usually your best haha

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That was a pretty easy one guys, and I know there aren't many of us at the moment but I'll ask another question anyway Smiley Happy

 

Are there differences in communicating with friends online compared to in person? If so what are they?

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Hey folks!

 

How do you keep in touch with people online?

 

Mostly facebook, and then skype if someone is overseas or interstate. I guess instagram to a point too.