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Dammit, why do I never get any news I want to hear? You people are burning up my minutes.
Just for clarification, would you say penpals aren't real friends either? I'm actually curious where that falls with people, since it's pretty rare in the modern world.I believe you've misunderstood me. It is not that I think you cannot have friends on the internet, but that you cannot have friends in certain corners of it anymore than you can frolic in the waves with sharks while bleeding. All the little bumps and nudges by their snouts aren't really playful.
If I understand you and your analogy now, and I think I do, it's that "friends" on the Internet are inherently less genuine than friends in person, not because they don't exist or anything, but because they don't have your best interests in mind, to put the whole thing in stark terms. Aside from how hilarious it is to posit that people who interact with you in person are inherently more honestly friendly than people who can only write messages, I think you're forgetting that not everyone online is as spiteful and antagonistic as you admit to taking a guilty pleasure in being.
Buck up friendo, we're all on the level here.