The Internet is a place, just as real as your favorite coffee shop or local bar, where we can stop by and catch up with friends as often or infrequently as we want. We can use social media to make arrangements to meet in real life, or simply hang out online. Life can be lonely, but the way we connect with people is evolving.
True friends are a blessing. They are the people with whom we have successfully created intimacy and dared vulnerability, in relationships based on truth and candor. This is much harder than it appears. As it is, being honest with my own self is a challenge. I don't know about you, but I often don't like what I see.