Raise your hand if your online friends are often better than your offline friends.

(If you're an online and offline friend of me, this aint directed at you, move along)


@phildini The thing about off-line "friends" (sometimes really unjustly upgrades from acquaintances*) is that muting and blocking is a LOT harder. And our hardware privileges connection with them (and that privileging is supported by loads of societal software).

* yeah, a toot with a footnote: Germany's word for this is "Bekannte", and they allow a much wider buffer between "stranger" and "friend".

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