I freely admit that I do not have very many friends. My friends have come and gone. My best friends would move and my best college buddy and I were separated as we both moved at graduation to different cities to pursue our own careers.
My friends take on a different appearance I have never seen their face. In fact my friends only exist virtually. And according to my twitter account I have over 1000 of them, most of them probably spam. But there are a few of them that I’ve grown close too. Many of them are the founders of this site, Dads Round Table.
My wife jokes with me that, these “friends” I can not call up on a whim and go to a bar with to watch the game. Little does she know that many of these people who I have met through being a dad online would go with me to a bar in a heartbeat. She laughs at me because I spend many late nights on my phone laughing with these people, but not with the phone up to my ear. I am typing away with my thumbs in only 160 characters.
What my wife does not realize is, that many of these people, have helped me through trying times as a dad. Some of them have helped me through some dark times in my life. They are there for me just like someone I can hit a bar with and have a beer with and talk about my problems. Most of the time we are talking online with a beer anyway so it is just like a bar.
My support network may not look like the normal one, but this is slowly becoming the norm. Many stay-at-home-parents find a foundation to build upon becoming a better parent through other parents and the only way they can sometimes communicate with the outside world is online.
Where do you find your support network in an ever-increasing online world? Is it normal to have friends that you have never met and may never met?