ANSWERS: 41
  • Sounds very silly but it really hurts a lot. I can get very upset indeed. My online friends mean a lot to me.
  • Zack, where did you get that picture of me for your avatar? Loose friend? Get a screwdriver and tighten them up.
  • Build a bridge and get over it.
  • It bothers me for a while, but I always get over it. I usually make NEW online friends who are not so ... judgmental.
  • There's a few guys I used to hang around with online that I miss. So I guess a bit, yeah.
  • Zack you of all people should know my answer to that one.
  • A friend is a friend. The circumstances of knowing your online friends may be different, but you still let them into your heart, trust them, and care very much for them. I think that any time you lose a friend it has a very big effect, at least on me it does.
  • Its almost, if not, as real as losing a real friend, someone you grew up with. I lost a friend recently, actually, more than one, and, it isnt very cool at all, it kind of quiet, and lonely. Its not the same.
  • I've been fortunate to have met some REALLY nice people from around the world.Some I've never met and some I have.It hurts just as much as losing a real friend.There were two guys I was "dating" (at different times)online ages ago and I was hurt a lot when I found out one of them was "cheating" on me.I cried for months and finally got over it.The other guy was soo sweet that he sent me gifts even though we had never met! My online friends mean just as much to me as the friends I see every day.And I always hope that I get to meet them one day
  • About the same amount as it affects me when I hear I love you from my child molesting sperm donor (male contributor to my existence). Zero.
  • If I was close to them, and talked to them all the time, I would feel sad. None of my online friends live near me, so there's really nothing I could do except send them lots of emails. Are you planning on going somewhere?
  • I wear a black armband and cry buckets.
  • Umm, I don't know. It probably would affect me a little, but not much. I'd be alright if everyone I met online stopped talking to me, actually. I don't care anymore.
  • I cant say how id feel as ive never lost an online friend.:-)+
  • It wouldn't much, if I did.
  • It doesn't affect me much when I lose an online friend. Like there ONLINE, its not like we hung out or anything.
  • well if i have known the person for quite long for say 5-6 years then it does affect me as much as losing a childhood friend.. but if the knowing span is short then it doesn't affect me much
  • You mean if they dump you? Not much. I only want to be with those who want to be with me..the minute that changes and they leave I really don't care. Holding on to things that are over is not very healthy. You chalk it up to experience and move on...there are hundreds, thousands of others out there to take their place..no one is indispensible to anyone. If you make it so, you prevent yourself from meeting others who may become far better friends than the ones you lost! :)
  • I feel gutted. Nobody loves me or accepts me for who i am. i get called ugly on a regular basis and cry every night before i feed my hamsters.
  • It hurts more than it should...I try so hard not to let it bother me, but...there's always some emotional connection. :)
  • same as if I lost a real one.. a little part of me dies.
  • Never had one and don't care to. I am just doing this for fun. I like real life way better.
  • Honestly, it has never affected me.
  • I miss you, as if you didn't know - we spent a lot of time together. And we enjoyed it. But you've moved on, so must I, bygones :-) I just wish you'd still talk to me! I don't know what you think will happen if you do. Like I'm going to bite your head off? lol... nah.. not this time.
  • i guess it would depend on how much we connected with our thoughts and feelings....how much was shared~then i think i would feel like a confidence had been broken much like any friend.
  • I've lost two online friends to death in the last few years, and it affected me as though they were "real life" friends. Our emotions are engaged with online friendships almost as much as they are in "real life" ( whatever THAT is ).
  • that would depend on how close you and that person were because i've lost many online friends that weren't very close, we used to talk once in while so it didn't affect me much when they stopped talking. I recently stopped talking to an online friend due to a misunderstanding and really hurt me, it still does because we were really good friends, we used to talk everyday and we were making plans to meet.. we had a huge fight and we haven't spoken in almost 2 months.. well, idk if we're going to talk again someday.
  • I don't have any online friends, but I'm sure if I had any to "loose," it would make me sad. And then all the more determined to get more.
  • I'm missing Nelson who left us on September 6th. Which happened to by my birthday. I had a chance to meet him in person when he visited Hawaii once but our schedules didn't match. I miss his sense of humor and his extensive knowledge of trivia. Most of all, I miss his friendship. It is lonely knowing that I will never receive another comment or answer from him. Nelson, thank you for your friendship.
  • I didn't think it would mean much until it happened... It hurts. I want to say to all my on-line friends that you mean a hellova lot to me and I want us to be buddies always, no matter how tenuous, for however long that is. There are a few that do mean a 'little' bit more to me than others... I'm sure you know who you are. Just take care of yourselves, and keep in touch, will ya? I'm always here for you. All you have to do is call out my name... you've got a friend. xxxx
  • Not very much:)
  • A lot. When Nelson passed away last September, I felt very sad, even though I didn't know the man personally. We shared a few moments here and there on AB, but that was enough to make me miss him. I still miss him very much. :(
  • I usually say I don't give a fuck, but that's not quite true. >_>
  • If they die, it affects me deeply...I would grieve. If the friendship takes its course and we grow in different directions, I will feel melancholy for a time but the remember our friendship with fondness.
  • It really affects me. I love my on-line friends. I don't want anything to happen to them!! : * (
  • I miss people if I regularly talk to them and then they go offline for a while but conversely it also worries me a bit that I feel that way and I deliberately give it a miss for a stretch to reconfirm the "real" world. The jury's out on that one really. I do know people who virtually live online and get quite irritable and withdrawn if they can't connect for some reason. That seems unhealthy to me. If someone died or was too sick to talk online I would be sad though.
  • Not too much. Unless I physically meet them I consider them cyber-friends.
  • It would hurt my feelings. My online friends are genuine friends. The only thing they don't do (that a regular friend does) is drink all my cold beer and fart in my truck. I used to think it was a silly thing for someone to be upset about losing an "online" friend, until I got some. It turns out that communication is what makes a relationship anyway--- and communication is 100% of an onlines relationship. I'd be upset if you weren't my friend any longer, and we really don't interact directly that often (we just share the same groups).
  • Not a whole lot.
  • When I first started meeting people on line and lost touch with them, it used to mess me up mentally because I couldn't understand the online thing. Now when I meet nice people and lose touch, I say oh well, it was nice knowin' ya!!!
  • tears my heart out

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