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What are the pros and cons of making friends online?

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January 21st, 2019 12:14am
The Internet is a great way for making new friends from all over the world, and you can do this literally in your bedroom without the need of travelling. However, although "internet friends" has lots of advantages, you must not dismiss the disadvantages as it could put you in serious trouble. Some of the pros and cons of making friends online include: Pros: 1. You are able to meet people from all around the world, people of different cultures. 2. It helps when you’re feeling lonely and need someone to talk to 3. You can make a lot of friends and not worry about your physical appearance Cons: 1. Catfishing (someone who pretends to be someone else online) is a serious issue 2. Sites such as dating sites are normally used by criminals 3. Increases your chances of being deceived by criminals. They would try to gain your trust before asking you for money or other items of value to help their or someone’s cause
July 20th, 2016 7:21pm
Pros: New friends! Happiness! Cons: You can only talk online They could be lying about their identity
August 28th, 2016 4:25pm
Pros: You don't have to talk to them in person if you get anxious about that. You can usually tell when they're around to talk. You can have a safe space within a chat with them, its not like anyone else is reading it. Cons: It could be someone toxic. Sometimes they're not the people you thought they were. Timezones.
July 10th, 2016 9:51pm
The pros are that you can get to know people that you may have never of had the chance to meet had you not connected with them on the internet. The cons are is that people online may not be who they say they are - it could be potentially dangerous meeting up with them so it is important to take precautions if you do choose to meet them.
July 16th, 2016 12:23pm
There are definitely cons if you expect to have someone by your side at all times, and actually meet up and hang out regularly. However there are a lot of pros, such as discovering new cultures by meeting people all over the planet, build actual, solid friendships with people who will always do their best for you... I met most of my pals online and (always safely) met up with them, and this is the best experience ever :) Virtual friends are just as important as physical ones, just like the wonderful communities like 7 Cups.
July 24th, 2016 11:22pm
The pros about making friends online is it can be an escapism from reality for you. You have less emotional stimuli / less to invest in an online friendship. Thecons are your friend online can share your details with anyone. Online friendships are more risky and have less depth as there is real physical space.
July 28th, 2016 4:29am
Being anonymous is easier, you can speak without feeling judge, but also you can leave anytime you want :)
August 3rd, 2016 4:24am
The only disadvantage I can think of is the availability of you and your friend. You might be available but your friend might not be and vice versa.
August 4th, 2016 12:05am
Well let's start with the pros; you can basically get a best friend from here and you have already been over the "not seeing eachother all the time"-problem what seems to occur with schoolfriends. Cons; you don't for sure know in the start if it's real, and you might never get to see them.
August 5th, 2016 4:15am
Pros are having a neutral friend to talk to and not being judged (sometimes) but the cons is if they stop communicating or stop talking it can cause chaos because they may be gone or even away for some reason and that you won't be able to see them irl (well sometimes some people do.)
August 6th, 2016 8:15am
Pros - you can find someone that shares the same hobbies as you. Cons - it is much harder to spend time together, and there are some experiences that can only be shared offline.
August 6th, 2016 11:25am
Pros you can stay anonymous, you can talk about things you haven't told others to name a few.. Cons trusting is not advisable and trolls..
August 6th, 2016 8:38pm
Some pros are you get to meet other people around the world. Some cons are you don't know if you're being catfish.
August 7th, 2016 5:56am
I have found some of my closest friends online. It seems easier to open up and be yourself. I do have to say thought be careful who you trust and dont put your self in a place that could be dangerous.
August 7th, 2016 8:09am
The biggest pro is that, especially on a website like this, you can truly connect with people that have similar things going on as you, whereas that is a lot harder in real life. It is a lot easier to reach out to people and it can be done anonymously as well, bringing less pressure onto expressing emotions. However, there is that one con that everyone knows: are they genuine?
August 9th, 2016 10:17pm
we make friends in our real life and when we make online friends we try to have something different in them , something that all of our friends don't have. So I think we try to fill those things that are missing in our real friends and only con to that is we cant meet them .
August 11th, 2016 12:12pm
Pros: sharing is easier, more chances to talk, more depth in conversation. Cons: trust issues and distance.
August 11th, 2016 1:10pm
You get to chat about situations and feelings anonymously, but you don't get to actually meet new people. Physical appearance is important to some.
August 12th, 2016 11:03pm
Pros: - You get to know people better since all you can do is talk - You learn a ton of new different things and cultures - It's easier if you struggle with anxiety - You find all these new people that can bring you happiness as an escape from the real world Cons - Catfish - Not being able to hang out with your friends in real life - Not being able to be there 24/7 and not knowing if a friend is alright or not if they're offline - Different timezones
August 21st, 2016 9:32pm
Pros are that people can think better what to say while chatting over the internet. The problem is that a lot of valuable info is lost (faces, gestures, voice tones...)
September 3rd, 2016 4:14am
Pros: You are able to find people you might never have met otherwise, or people outside your social circles. Online interaction is great for people who struggle with social anxiety or meeting new people. I myself met my husband online, and although we lived in the same city, we probably never would have met on our own! Cons: Unfortunately there are some people out there who prey on people online or who don't show their true self, and you do have to choose your acquaintances wisely. If someone starts out sounding nice and then turns out to be someone you don't want/need in your life, it can be very difficult to break the ties. But you just have to be careful, and willing to sever communications if need be. Remember to always put your well-being first.
December 3rd, 2017 11:53pm
Pros: can keep in touch over long distances, more accessible to people with disabilities and those who are geographically isolated, a convenient means of communication. Cons: there is a loss of physical connection with others, online communication is lacking important cues such as tone of voice, body language, facial expression, so things can be easily misunderstood and understanding is sub-optimal. I also just love people's little quirks and nuances that you sometimes only notice in real life. Some of the things that make people human, real, relatable, amicable, and inspirational.
March 7th, 2018 11:07pm
Pros: it is anonymous. U can share everything with them. They will listen it without being judgemental. But it may become CONS: when u start to share ur personal details with them because after knowing personal details they may start judging u. They can also threaten you or bully you coz they know much about you.. so don't share personal details online and be safe.
April 15th, 2018 6:30pm
The pros are that they’re friends. They’ll be people you can talk to and have fun with. The cons can be that you can’t always tell that they’re who they told you they are.
May 4th, 2018 8:32pm
Pros are you have people to talk to, there are more people you can talk to, you won't be judged on your looks. Cons are you cant have face to face conversations and you may not always be able to reach the other person.
May 31st, 2018 7:20pm
A big pro is that they are always there. A friend you can carry along in your pocket, if you will. And the biggest con is that you can't talk to them face to face. You can't hug them or just sit next to each other in peaceful silence.
July 22nd, 2018 11:41pm
Pro's: Being anonymous can make it easier to talk to someone without fear of judgement. Cons: You don't know if the person you are talking to are sincere. As a note, never give out your personal information to people online.
July 22nd, 2016 5:46pm
Making friends online can be a great way to boost self asthma and make you feel wanted and love but sometimes you can run into people who want to be more than 'just friends' Sexual predators is no laughing matter and you should always be careful who you trust.
September 1st, 2016 5:59pm
You have a bigger group of people that might have the same interests as you, might have experienced the same things and through the anonymity many people act more natural around strangers because they have nothing to lose. At the same time they live far away (which does give safety, but makes it harder to meet in person) and it's harder to know if someone isn't just pretending to be the way he is.
September 4th, 2016 11:09am
Pros: You get to make friends from a very vast area. You get to know different types of people, from different cultures and backgrounds. Cons : You don't really know what the person is like in real life. You never know whether or not the information he shared is true.