Saturday, 18 June 2016
Conversations: Online Friends vs. Real life Friends
Conversations is a fortnightly discussion hosted by Geraldine @ Corralling Books and Joan @ Fiddler Blue. Head on over to their blogs for all the information on these posts! This week is about Online Friends vs. Real life Friends
I'm going to get one thing straight, and that is that I find it way easier to talk to people online than I do in person. I am a shy person through and through, and while I will make conversation with people in real life, it is awkward and hard for me to start the conversation. However when I'm online, I feel much more confident and can chat about absolutely anything to my fellow blog buddies. And to be honest, I think I enjoy it more.
This might be weird to say, but at this point in my life I would feel more comfortable telling one of my blog buddies something that's bothering me than one of my friends at school. Now don't get me wrong, I love my school friends and they are so supportive, but I just feel like they don't understand me fully. None of them really know that I blog, or even just how obsessed with reading I actually am. They know I'm a reader, but they don't really know to what extent. Only one of my really good friends knows that I blog.
So what does this have to do with conversation? I just think that because my real life friends know little about the bookish life, our conversations are kind of limited to things that we are all passionate about. However online, I can embarassingly fangirl about my true passion in life, and have people that agree with me. I just want someone in my real life who is as passionate about books as I am.
I don't really think that my real life friends and I have a lot in common hobby wise. We can talk about current issues, school, life etc, but I can't talk about the one thing that basically keeps me going. However online, it just seems like I have a special theme to my conversations with blog buddies and we all share a special trait: we are all readers. It just seems more genuine.
It's weird to say that I enjoy talking to people I've never met more than people in real life, but I think it also has to do with my confidence. I feel less stressed thinking of conversation starters online, and I definitely have a much different persona online than I do in real life.
So do I enjoy my internet friends more? Probably, but of course I still appreciate the friends I have in real life and the bond that we have. I just wish that I could have one, just one friend who is a reader. Those are the best conversations to have in my life :)
So what do you think? Online friends vs. Real life friends?
Emily @ Paperback Princess