Friends, I am writing to you all today to ask you for help. I want your opinion about a thing.
The thing is online relationships.
No, no. Not like online dating relationships. Like you know someone really well but the only way you communicate with them is through the world wide web. Or you are dating someone but they are far away so you text and facebook each other all day. Or you are fb friends with a random person and you are obsessed with their lives, but they have no clue who you are. Or someone adds you as a friend and you don't know them but then you meet them and it's awkward. Or you exchange emails with a charming stranger for like a year but neither of you know that you are business rivals and he's the person that you put you out of business so you swear to hate him forever but then, once your store closes, you kind of become friends and when you finally meet your online boyfriend it's him and you say "I wanted it to be you. I wanted it to be you so badly". Oh, wait.
Sociologists call these "parasocial" relationships.
So, what do you think? Are they weird? Are they normal? Are they healthy? Do you have any cool stories?
I'm writing a paper on this and it BITES. If you love me, you could help me.
Today in my English class my professor described to us his struggles with coke addiction. As in coca-cola.
I feel ya, Dr. Burton. (Diet) Coke addiction runs in my family, and is extremely detrimental to my life. It also poses a moral dillemma for me as a mormon. In his words, "Is it against the Word of Wisdom? No. Is it against the spirit of the Word of Wisdom. Absolutely." Oops.
Ultimately, this stuff makes me so happy that I'm not ready to give it up just yet. My friend told me that a drug addict goes through rehab an average of 8 times before finally succeeding. I'll get there.
P.S. My professor talked about this struggle through sonnet. Seriously. It rocks. Read it here.