Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The Internet Can Bring Us Closer

Several years ago in a graduate course on composition methodology, I did a research project on the Internet and teaching. Part of my research covered the issue of how the Internet impacts socialization. Some studies showed that the Internet was causing people to make fewer "real" friendships with "real" people, that it made the user withdraw from family and social life. Other studies weren't as conclusive. My conclusion was that, like a great many things, the impact of any outside agent on an individual is going to be unique to that individual.

This blog is a perfect example. Since I've started it, I have made so many new friends. People that I share all sorts of delights with - sometimes serious thoughts and sometimes those nutty inner truths that make us the quirky people we are.

Today, I had a frustrating day and blogged about it. And to my rescue came a new friend, Michele. I met her on my friend Gena's blog. Michele took time and effort to send me the best pick me up someone could - an Orlando fantasy. Better than a card off the rack, this beautiful story put a smile on my face and tears in my eyes.

Phooey to those people who say we can't make real friends via the internet.

Thanks Michele, ma belle. ;-)


Michele said...

Kelli, that is so sweet!
And, you are Very welcome.
Your previous post stuck a chord with me, and I felt I had to do something to bring a smile back to you.
Didn't expect to hear about tears though! Wow!
Have a better day today!!!!

Michele said...

BTW-I haven't been called "Ma Belle" in Years!
Thank YOU.

Kelli McBride said...

Happy tears! Happy, "Oh yes I will go out with you anywhere Orlando," tears. ;-)

Jill Monroe said...

Ah, Kels - I'm so sorry.

Jill Monroe said...

Ah, Kels - I'm so sorry.

Dana Pollard said...

Friendships via the internet are the best! I met my best friend online and she's in NY! Even our husbands have a great friendship!

Great blog! I've enjoyed reading your posts. You cracked me up with the Fabio report! hehe