That’s what I told Madalyn, yesterday, on her blog, Wary Wonderlust. She responded with the quote in my header.
I couldn’t have said it better.
While there may be jerks out there, I have found my online experiences exceedingly fruitful. There’s a depth of realness that I’ve not often encountered in “real” life.
Recently, I read a survey which included over 50,000 people. Here’s what they found:
I’ve read comments from people who claim that you can’t have authentic friendships online.
I couldn’t disagree more.
As the survey shows, people are more likely to be honest with you, online, than IRL.
Perhaps they’ve had negative experiences. Who hasn’t? I could tell you some stories.
As has happened with a lot of people who deconverted, especially those living in religious communities, I lost my social network and my marriage ended. Had it not been for my online friends, I would have become very lonely.
With 2015 coming to a close, I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your honesty, your kindness, your care, your knowledge, your talents, your constructive criticism, and your unwavering support.
I have grown a lot. I’m a better person, and happier, too, because of you. ❤
Happy New Year, and Cheers.