was thinking the other night, and please give me your take on this. 20-30 years ago, a friend is someone you met face-to-face and depending on the closeness it could be every day or once a week etc.. or conversed via telephone or even written to. Nowadays, you can know someone for years and talk almost on a day-to-day basis and interact so the time spent with that someone is much more than say 20 years ago. How would you define the differnce in friendship between the two types if any? Is one still considered a "true friend" or both? Would you do things for the real life friend that you would not do for the on-line friend or vice versa? Personally, there are people I've known here for over a decade, never met in person, but would probably trust more than some of the real life friends. Thoughts? For example, I read about memorials on shards that many people in real life would not have gotten the level of respect. I had an UO game friend, known for nearly a decade, and when his wife passed, i sent him 500 dollars to get him back on his feet and never once met him or his family. I didn't think twice about it. If it was a real life friend, not sure if I would have been as generous. Just food for thought.