I do. Ok, its not really relationships its more relationship.
I work for a huge company and we have office in just about every state, and even in most large cities of every state. One of the key groups that I used to work with before my promotion back in February was located in St. Louis, MO. I worked really closely with a girl named Mary Anne. We emailed and talked almost daily about work stuff, and then we started to get to know one another through little stories, antic dotes, and inside jokes.
After I was promoted, my work with Mary Anne ended. But we still kept emailing and talking. We actually email all day long. We basically have an on going conversation from the moment each of us gets to work. I get to work, log on, and she emails me first thing every morning, and then we just start having a conversation that just happens to last all day.
I actually had the chance to meet my friend Mary Anne about a month ago. She was going on vacation and had a 3 hour lay over in Dallas, and we decided to meet up and go out for lunch. It was great fun, but a little weird. When she got in my car, she just started laughing and said it was so weird to talk to me face to face. I can't lie, it was totally awkward.While we were eating, I told her I felt like we were on a really awkward first date. But, it ended up getting better.
Today, we are at a point that we email and text daily, and even chat on the phone about once or twice a week. Its weird to me to have someone that I actually consider to be a close friend, someone that I have only spent about 3 hours with.
Is that weird?
In this day and age, I know the Internet connects us like never before, but sometimes it blows my mind how connected we really are.
One thing about Mary Anne and I is that we are brutally honest with each other. We don't beat around the bush, but our friendship has this almost unspoken pact that no matter the circumstance, its always going to be 100% honesty. No sugar coating, no beating around the bush, just the cold hard truth. Is it because we don't have to actually face each other every day that we can have this really authentic friendship? Is it because we have the freedom to retract? Is it because we are hundreds of miles away, and we can stare at a computer screen, and be honest through this medium?
Honestly, I don't know. I do know that I value her friendship and that I hope to continue growing our friendship.
Weight in please, I would love your thoughts. What do you think about digital friendships? Have you ever met someone online and become friends?