Although it's easy to make friends on the internet, it's very difficult or even impossible for most people here to get friends in the REAL-world, that is, OUTside the internet. Friends on-line can be supportive but they still are NOwhere as good as having friends in the REAL world. Because if it's limited to only on-line, then you still suffer loneliness. Humans are meant for IN-PERSON interaction. In my case, as far as friends in the REAL world, I have three. My best friend is one I've had all the way from 1971 or 1972 (long time!), and we meet downtown every Thursday, and have a very enjoyable time. He has some offensive habits, but I've learned to tolerate them since I want to keep his friendship. The other two friends are ones I meet only sporadically. For example, this morning, when I went to buy my groceries, I ran into Thomas by accident. He volunteers at a local hospital, so I went there with him today where he plays the piano for the elderly patients. As for my third friend, he phones me only once in a while. And we get together. So basically the friend I meet on a regular basis is the one I meet every Thursday. Having said that about myself, let me ask the others among you, how many friends do you have OUTside the internet? How long have you known them and how often do you meet them? And how do they impact on your life?