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What are the pros and cons of making friends online?

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Last Updated: 04/22/2020 at 10:39am
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September 2nd, 2016 8:15pm
Pros... you can be yourself. It can be easier for.the individual if socialisation is a cause of stress otherwise. Con... over reliance can impede ones ability in person for socialisation, you dont know who is who,
September 3rd, 2016 7:21am
Pros: You made friends, you have someone to talk to, you have someone with whom you can relate Cons: They're online so you might not actually know them, possibly catfish (stalker, liar), sharing too much info could get you into trouble. Just be safe :)
September 4th, 2016 4:28am
I make a lot of friends online, and they end up being halfway around the world. So pro, I get friends halfway around the world. Con, I have to match up the different time zones.
September 9th, 2016 1:55am
Making friends is wonderful if you can gain fellowship from the relationship. However making friends online can often be shallow or topical, and people may treat each other lightly. Base the relationship around a solid foundation that you can leave happily at any time and satisfaction will not be fleeting.
September 9th, 2016 9:45pm
Cons: they could be catfishing you (fake), they can leave you randomly, if something goes wrong you can't hug them or drive to them (depending on situation of living distances and stuff) Pro-you don't get nervous as easy, they seem to open up more. create strong bonds, some speak better online then in real life
September 10th, 2016 2:21pm
Pros: you feel confident that you can connect to someone and help with anxiety in social situations. Cons: it may cause anxiety and fear of not being private, and you never know who you are talking to on the other end.
September 14th, 2016 12:37am
pro: bring each other hope, compassion, love, faith con: not really knowing them, not knowing if you can trust them or if they are a good friend
September 14th, 2016 8:30am
Pro: You get to choose from a very wide selection of people. Pro: They're usually your type of person. Con: You don't get to meet them. Con: They could be dangerous. Con: They could be someone other than who they claim to be.
September 21st, 2016 2:16pm
There are lots of pros - just being able to remain mostly anonymous and not be judged by your looks is two big ones. The cons are never really being able to meet up or having weird hours from the other.
September 22nd, 2016 2:41pm
I think pros are possibly things like ease of access of the inability to judge by appearance and whatnot (like people admittedly do, even myself sometimes). Cons are that people can still have bad intentions and lie to you and a lot of body language is lacking so there can be maaany more misunderstandings.
September 24th, 2016 5:12pm
As long as you are careful about sharing personal information, I think it could be a wonderful thing!
September 30th, 2016 1:13pm
Pros: You get to meet new people without having to go out yourself. Cons: It's very easy to lie on the internet, so most of the friendships made are not entirely genuine.
September 30th, 2016 11:38pm
Pros; you will have a much easier time finding people who share your interests and some will be really nice and friendly cons: they could be murderers
October 5th, 2016 7:57pm
Making friends online can be great! It can be fun and exciting to find somebody on the internet who may live miles and miles away from you, having the same interests as you. Long-distance/online friendships can people happy, especially for those who are socially anxious and find it difficult talking to people in public and feel more comfortable talking online. But my warning would be to make sure you know exactly who you're talking to. Never share contact details like your address, telephone number immediately and never share further details such as bank details and never be forced into doing something on webcam that you don't feel comfortable doing. Make sure you for definite this person online is exactly who they say they are!
October 5th, 2016 11:31pm
Pros: it's easier to talk to people online than in person. You get to know more of their personality because you aren't as distracted by appearance. Cons: you run the risk of the person lying or having malicious intent.
October 7th, 2016 7:58pm
Pros is that you always have someone to talk to, you get to have fun with them and they're there for you when times are tough. Cons are that they live far so you won't probably see them as much as you like.
October 12th, 2016 7:25am
Pros are you get to know different people and hence about different places and culture, Cons meanwhile are, if you turn out to be close friends, distance will sometimes become a barrier.
October 13th, 2016 4:10pm
The pros are that you can make friends with people who you get on with or share interests with all around the world. The cons are that people can lie about who they are on the internet and it can be difficult in knowing who to trust.
October 13th, 2016 8:51pm
Pros: It's easier to find people with the same interests. It helps if you're introverted or suffer from social anxiety. You can meet people from different cultures all around the world. Cons: The chance of meeting them in real life are rather small.
October 16th, 2016 8:30am
Well of course, the pros of having online friends are that you can connect to like-minded people despite the distance that separates you. You can also meet some really great people online. The cons are that you might not always meet a trustworthy person and you can't meet them at will
November 1st, 2016 8:40pm
Pros: You get to know the person for who they are (or who they want to be) and vice versa - not a friendship based on looks or habits or common friends. It's also a safe place to spend time together and you don't need to travel far. Much like a pen pal without the stamps! Cons: They might not always be completely honest, and the anonymity of being online might tempt you to act a little less honest sometimes as well. It can be difficult to interpret some sentences since text does not carry a tone to it, so sometimes intentions can be misunderstood.
November 4th, 2016 5:39am
Online is amazing when it comes to meeting new people but we sometimes forget the reality that comes this, a pro is having someone to talk to, but a con would be that ability to want to meet that certain person and at times, there can be trust issues in certain situations.
November 9th, 2016 8:53pm
The Pros are you will meet new people and you will have friends but the Con is some people online can not be trusted.
November 10th, 2016 2:07am
there are multiple pros and cons to making friends online, there is the fact that if/when you get anxious about meeting someone, you can just message them what you are afraid to say. but the distance can sometimes get hard once you get to know them.
November 13th, 2016 11:37pm
Making friends online is a nice experience, I discover their world, they discover mine, I think that we have a lot to learn to each other!
November 17th, 2016 4:18am
Making friends online is a lot easier than making friends Offline. There is not much tension and not as much awkwardness. One of the biggest cons is that it is sometimes harder to meet with them and actually hang out.
November 17th, 2016 4:57pm
Sometimes making online friends can be easier than real life friends, in the sense that you feel more comfortable, or it's easier to be honest around them, because you can't necessarily see their exact response, instead, the response they choose to show. However, while these friendships can sometimes seem to be deeper, they are truly not, and are really hard to pursue over a life-long time.
February 5th, 2017 11:17pm
Online you can find anyone, anywhere. You are not limited to who you can find in your general proximity. At the same time, that's a lot of people to sift through and decide who you want to tell what to. With unlimited possibility there is risk.
February 6th, 2017 7:08am
Having online communities of friends can be very helpful when you need to escape from your daily life or need a niche group of people. Safety online can be tricky. So always be careful, but you can always disconnect from people that you don't like.
February 18th, 2017 6:20pm
Making online friends is a good way to socialise when you're not able to talk to people in person. You know, like introverts are more likely to make friends online rather than talk to them in person. However, sometimes you can get into stuff that's inappropriate. Some online people might be rude and may not be the best persons to make friends with. We can never tell though. We need to be careful and cautious about making onlime friends.