Online relationships is it possible?

I posted this over at the account planning forum but thought i would post it here as well.

Is a purely online friendship possible?

When I classify a online friendship, it is friendship that occurs online, a relationship that has had no offline contact previously or no plans to meet up offline, A friendship with regular contact over an extended period of time. When you ask a person offline what is the key to their friendship.

Often the answer will be we have great conversations, we do interesting stuff together, they are always there for me. All these functions can be produced in an online relationship. What are the elements of an offline relationship that you cannot create online. One of the things that is missing, is human contact but why does that stop us from a online relationship? Would love to know other peoples thoughts.


Anonymous said...

I've had a very good online friend for the past 3 or 4 years. We never met in person and probably never will, but it doesn't matter. The point is that we can share certain parts of our lives with each other, whilst obscuring the parts we want to keep private. The whole aspect of talking to someone completely mysterious is very enticing. It also allows you to choose the kind of impression you want to make on that person, by exposing certain things about yourself but keeping the embarassing or uncool things you real friends know about you to yourself. You could say it's like partial role play. Also you know they're not always completely honest, which makes you a bit more cautious when judging whether or not to believe them. Whereas with your real life friends you assume they're mostly telling the truth. You always have something to talk about, because there's always something more to learn about you online friend.