I am sure that most of you have heard stories regarding how people can't trust each other online.
I think much of this started when AOL had their version of a CHAT room. I've been there so I can understand. Some person can say they are 6 foot tall, blond, blue eyes and a trim body. They do that to impress others. So, for so many it was an avenue to make themselves much better, prettier than they are in life.
Over the years on Spine-Health, I can really say that I have dealt with that type of problem with only a few members. Instead, what I do see is a bond between members. We can share our thoughts, our fears, our laughter, whatever and its not about trying to impress someone, its just a way of expressing oneself.
I have developed a number of good friends without actually meeting any of them face to face. So many say we gain acquaintances, and that could be very true. But when we spend time talking to these members, we see just how close we can become.
I have also heard about 'Cliques' within this site. This is true, no question about it. For whatever reason, people can stick with other people that they feel comfortable with and share the same views.
Is that Bad? I've heard negative posts discussing that some cliques bond together and shut down others.
To me the main thing is that we find someone, some group that benefits us. Makes us feel more comfortable and much more. This is just another benefit we can all see from
Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences