Turning Virtual Acquaintances into Real World Friends


If you haven’t seen the above image yet then perhaps you missed it on your way into that café without wifi because it’s making the rounds online. I’m guessing that’s not due to the hilarious irony of sharing such a message through social media but because it fits a well-worn stereotype so well. But how well does it really fit?

Let’s see. In this last week alone we met up with a wonderful couple we’d never have known if not for our blog; had dinner in Atlanta with someone we originally struck up a conversation with in Guatemala because we recognized her from her blog and Twitter; met two other people who were invited to that same dinner party because they knew us through EverywhereOnce; have plans to share drinks with a long-lost high school friend we reconnected with through Facebook; and are spending a few nights at a new friend’s house who we met at an event arranged online. 

So yeah, we really should turn off our computers and, um, live like it’s 1993 when people could mostly only connect to folks they already knew. But that doesn’t change the fact that I really still do need to call my Mom.


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8 Comments on “Turning Virtual Acquaintances into Real World Friends”

  1. mutziii February 8, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

    cute post! haha


  2. spotell February 9, 2014 at 7:09 am #

    I agree with you, but people also waste of time surfing the internet when they are with their friends. I am the only one I know without a smart phone and it drives me nuts when people pull theirs out every two minutes!


    • Brian February 9, 2014 at 8:23 am #

      That’s not so much a technology problem as a rude person problem. 😉


  3. Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist February 9, 2014 at 11:01 am #

    Definitely take the point about keeping technology in its place and all – but I still agree there’s a place for it!

    Good points well made.


  4. Betty Londergan February 9, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

    Loved getting to meet you (again) in person in ATL — and this post reminds me of the schmaltzy old Brownie song: “Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold.” Blogging has expanded my circle of friends beyond what I could have imagined — but it hasn’t cost me any of my friends from 1993 … or 1983 for that matter!


    • Brian February 10, 2014 at 8:23 am #

      Thanks for dinner and introducing us to more great people. Looking forward to e-arranging another get-together in London. 🙂


  5. andytallman101 February 10, 2014 at 3:06 am #

    Yeah the we’re-becoming-isolated-because-of-technology-and-no-one-has-real-relationships-anymore people arent’ entirely wrong. But theirs is a point to be taken with a pinch of salt.


  6. backpackingwithchad February 11, 2014 at 11:18 pm #

    What a crazy idea!


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