Online friends are something very different. You can count them as some of your very best friends, yet you’ve never met in person. Some will debate if that’s a “real” friendship or not. They can debate all they want. I for one, know that yes, my online friends are indeed real friends.
Online friends are there all hours of the day and night. I’ve made online friends in all time zones. Someone is always up and always online to reply to an email or a quick text for those really good online friends that we’ve exchanged phone numbers as well.