Have you found yourself chatting online with people more since the pandemic?

Yes, you sure have.

The fine people over at the FreeCell Solitaire site, Freecell-Challenge.com, conducted a survey of 3,000 internet users to find out how many people found new friendships online.

They found that 1 in 4 Texans has made virtual friends online since the start of the pandemic.

Texans Are Getting Friendly Online

That's right - 23% of Texans polled have never met these people in person, but find a great time chatting with them online.

The info shows that on average, Texans have made 3 virtual friends.

Lonesome Dove(s)

Other information gained from the survey is that we get lonely too.

The survey said that 17% who have felt lonely have sought comfort by connecting with other people online.

It's Not Just You

Personally, I find this to be true for me on Facebook.

There have been tons of people that I expect to comment on posts that I make daily because of the online relationship I have made with them over the past year.

Also, I've found myself getting concerned if I haven't heard from a few of them if they haven't posted anything or commented on anything in a while, so this is real!

e-Friendships Are Valid

But these online relationships, do they count the same way friends do?

Yes, they do.

A whopping 42% of people think so!

Does it matter that you've never met these people?

Nope!

When your real friends start tripping, fire up a PC and find an online friend.

They love you more! LOL

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