A person you know exclusively through the Internet (which includes social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest) or email and will rarely, if ever, meet is considered an online friend. An online friendship begins when two people bond and have things in common, just like an offline relationship.
What is an online friend called?
Online friend. There isnt really any term you can use that wouldnt be interpreted as disrespectful to some degree. Other terms you can use include: virtual friend, pen pal, long-distance friend, etc.
What do online friends do?
An online friendship begins when two people bond and have things in common, just like an offline relationship. The friends may share photos, email each other, or chat on the phone eventually. The friendship can become a source of support and provide emotional benefits even though the friends will never meet in person.
What are the benefits of online friends?
On the plus side, online contact enhances companionship between friends via conversations that can continue throughout the day and night without disrupting others, and it also allows more time to control emotions and calm down before crafting and sending a response to something upsetting.