This post is not strictly diet related but was on my mind so I decided to share.
Although I have friends in real life, I never was one to have many friends at once. I always tended to have several close friends at any given time. The reason why I tell this is because while talking with the wife I mentioned something that was said online by a "friend". She made the comment along the lines that "those people are not your friends". She said this in not a mean way but simply as an observation. As I thought about this later I believe she may be right in some technical definition sence, but I think she was wrong at the heart of the matter. I believe this whole new social media realm is truly blurring the lines of friendship in real life versus friendship online. While my wife is one to avidly spend time online, she is simply surfing the web but not interacting in any social way. She doesn't enjoy Facebook, blogs, or Youtube much. In fact she mainly loves to shop online (this is fodder for another post someday LOL). So the idea of developing "friendships" online is truly foreign to her. And that is OK. In fact I can see myself making the same statement several months ago. However since starting on my weight loss journey and meeting so many nice people in the weight loss community, I can see that is a very narrow view. Although we may never meet each other for dinner as one might with a real life friend. That is if the real life friends and my schedules ever work out between work, kids and everyday life responsibilities. But we can certainly describe our dinners on our blogs and comment back and forth etc. If you are reading this you probably understand what I mean. It's not the same and that is OK, in fact in some ways even better. For example, when I ramble on and on, you can simply move on to the next blog (hopefully not just yet!). Of coarse in real life sitting at dinner this is not so simply done. If you are on Facebook, please check out this bunch of wonderful people in the weight loss community at http://www.facebook.com/youtubeweightloss
I have never seen a more supportive and motivating bunch of people. And if blog reading and Youtube watching aren't enough, they have people doing the video chat thing. I haven't tried this yet because I don't have a webcam, but I will try it soon. The neat thing is there are people in different time zones across the world so whenever the mood strikes you to talk, there is a good chance someone will be able to talk with you. Now if that is not blurring the lines of friendship between real life and online, I don't know what is. What do you think? What do you call your online "acquaintances"?