Does the internet foster really strong bonds of friendship?

We now live in a world where the internet is becoming a bare necessity. I’ve bonded with way too many people on the internet, & I’m sure many of you have too…Are internet based friendships really strong? Has internet based friendships made life more meaningful? What’s your take on it?

14 replies
Bineesh Balakrishnan
June 7, 2017


  1. Last 3 years, I have made several good friends through Internet. Also, I have come in contact with several old friends who I had lost communication with. So I am indebted to Internet for whatever social life I have. Sad, but true.

  2. I would prefer having real friends any day, but let’s get really real. I think yes, we spend more time online in a virtual world these days than our parents did, they had large circles independent of internet, but maybe on sone level those relationships were forced, like no other choice. Today we have a wider choice of people, I can choose to interact with someone based on similar liking. But having said that, I really would like to have a real set of friends, complete dependence on a virtual world is kind of dangerous and isolating atimes. We need to strike a balance.. make friends online but, make sure your life is equally full, too. 🙂

  3. I do believe so. I have made some great friends over the internet. People I would have otherwise not met.*p*But you have to be cautious about who you get in touch with and how you pick people. *p*If done properly it gives you an opportunity to get to know people who you otherwise had no chance of knowing.

  4. Yes internet can foster strong friendship and I am the living proof. I was totally isolated few years back being a full-time homemaker and fulltime caregiver to a special child. My old friends and family are in different cities. It is not easy for me to develop friendship as I stress too much on common interest and common thought process. I liked few pages in Facebook six years back and met people with common interests. Since that day I haven’t looked back. I have 100 or so very good friends on Facebook whom I have never met in real life but they have been always there for me. I don’t feel alone even if I am alone in ICU with my daughter. We encourage each other to read good books, to watch great movies and shows. I write and they encourage or criticise. My life changed because of these friends I met in internet.

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