Well.. I have many online friends.. and I have one very special online 'friend, if you catch my drift. He and I have been talking online for almost 2 years and we make phone calls as well. We love and care for each other very much, but it is a bad situation. We know better than to try to be exclusive or anything, and I think that kind of makes us stronger. We love each other in 'that way', yes, but we are best and dearest friends as well. I thank God for him every day, and I do not regret meeting him. I plan on (very carefully!) meeting him in the fall for a few days.
All I can say is to be careful... I mean, online relationships, to me, are like any other long distance relationsips. It's hard to mantain that love and trust when you are so far away. But, in my opinion, if you and your friend can get past that giant obsticle, you can get through anything together.
As for friends, like 'regular' friends... I think it's a wonderful place to meet people. When I come online, I can really be myself. I live in a small town... and don't get me wrong, I love my IRL friends dearly, but it's just hard to find people with my interests, esc. It's easier to do so online.
I just think that online relationships are a little tricker, but are well worth the work. Just don't neglect your life OFF of the net. Make friends IRL too.. do things IRL. There's a balance.
I wish you the best of luck. If you ever want to email me or anything personally, please do so. I'd also like to talk to someone who is in my situation!
Oh, make me Thine forever
And should I fainting be
Lord, let me never ever
Outlive my love for Thee