I find online conversations very different from real life conversations. There is so much more you can say online and your thoughts are clearer without emotion, you have references and you have time to say what you need/want the way you want to without errors (things can be edited refined and honed to illustrate precisely what you mean - I am not a great public speaker so thus I can appreciate the freedom I get from being able to write things down in a consice manner without emotions getting in the way)- best of all you don't get interrupted! I find that intellectually I am closer to people online (with a few exceptions) but emotionally I am closer to people in real life. There is nothing better than to sit around with old friends and joke and laugh and feel their life, their warmth, their honesty and the sincerity of the situation. It's very refreshing.
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