Friend or not?

Today, I read a stranger’s blog. As I read the content of this person’s past life story, I felt very drawn to this person. In my mind, I felt like I knew this person and felt connected to her. It was the feeling you get when you make a friend or know something deep about an aquaintance and feel like you’ve reached that place of friendship. Yet, I do not know her, and I have never met her.

I realized that this is very common among bloggers, and this is one of the reasons why people love blogging. I know that I’m not the only person who felt this way about meeting someone online and developing a feeling of friendship, or something like it, with someone miles and miles away. But, I also think that this can be confusing and make you question this phenomenon. Sure, it makes you feel connected to the world, but in reality, you are not. I wonder what kind of effect this could have on your psyche when you feel like you’re friends with people you do not know.  I wonder if there are any negative ramifications to this seemingly harmless feeling. I wonder.