Internet friends. I’m sure at least one of my readers have one or more internet friends. I have many. The first, S, I met last year. We started talking on Pinterest. Soon we were talking everyday. After a few months we exchanged numbers and began to text. But we still talked on Pinterest more. That was when I had to leave Pinterest for reasons I’m not going to reveal. But by then I had snapchat and we talked on there. By that time she was going through things so we didn’t talk much. Then I had to delete snap-chat. We found each other on Facebook. I can safely say she is one of my best friends now. We don’t talk all the time but she is someone I want to meet. Someone I trust. Someone I care about.
I then met 5 other people on a website for young writers. The first I talk to about writing. We haven’t gone far in out friendship yet. The second I can safely say is one of my best friends on the website. The third, another best friend. The fourth is a work in progress. And the fifth, well we are getting to be good friends.
Then I have other friends my mum gave me the emails to. They are daughters of Mum’s blogging friends. I get along really well with two of them in particular.
How do I know these people are who they say they are? I don’t. But I am honest with my parents and I don’t give out too many details on me. I wait at least six months before sharing numbers and other social media. I develop a trust with these people and so far they have been who they say they are.
I guess my point to this post was that the internet doesn’t have to be a bad thing. You can make amazing friends and still be safe. You don’t have to be afraid when that person DMs you or messages you. There are so many things you can do to block people or make some of the best friends you will ever have. Those who aren’t liars on the internet are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. I swear.