After following someone from single to married, through divorce, pregnancies, babies, adoption, loss and career changes it's only natural to feel invested as a friend and a support for that person. I look forward to coffee dates with "real life" friends just like I do curling up with the computer to catch up with online friends. Friends are friends, right?
Don't be so sure. Just like in real life, with online friends can be tricky and even dangerous because you never really know the truth. I feel that because I am honest in my writing and in what I share, that everyone else is honest too. What's wrong with having faith in people? I just can't believe that someone would put effort into building a fake life and making other people believe their lies. Unfortunately, it happens all the time.
Below is a YouTube link to an MTV show called CATFISH. You have to watch this. This show investigates romantic relationships that are built, and have remained online for years. These people invest all sorts of emotions, including love, and consider themselves romantically involved and committed to people they met online. When Nev's investigations show that most of these relationships are built on lies... Well, see for yourself. It's not cool.
Friends, I assure you that I am exactly who you think I am. There really isn't much to me, I'm just a gal who likes to write about her simple life in a tiny town and how she makes it exciting. It may not always be exciting, but at least I'm not feeding you BS. I hope you are all real too, you know who you are... The rest of you can take a hike!