Metalmancpa's and Belial's recent threads on friendships got me thinking: 1) Have any of you met an internet friend in person? 2) What do your "real-life" friends think of the time you spend online? 3) Do you consider your internet friends to be "legitimate" friends? Or do you purposefully make an effort to keep the two realms separate? Meaning, do you not let yourself get attached to anyone online because "they're not real"? ~~~~ 1) I've never met anyone from online in person, although, given certain precautions, I would be open to it. 2) My friends are not into the Internet at all, and they still think anyone I meet online must automatically be a serial killer or a pervert. This board has become such a part of my life that I often want to tell my real-life friends a story about it -- but I always stop myself, because the few times I have mentioned this board, they just look at each other and roll their eyes. There's still a stigma surrounding the internet -- that it's for anti-social nerds who can't connect with people in real life. And even though I don't believe this, I know most people do, so I'm often embarassed to tell people about someone I've met online. 3) I think you can get to know a person online very deeply -- even deeper, faster (no perverted comments, please ), than in real life because you're less constrained by appearances and manners. Metalmancpa has sometimes said, none of us know each other really, but I don't necessarily agree with that.