I've just re-read this post I threw out speedily the other day and it doesn't quite say what I meant it to. It seems to read 'I wouldn't care if you all died, internet aquaintances'. That really wasn't the point I was making! I think the net's all about communication these days, and to be honest, I used to call my mother when I needed to know something, and it's nice to have the internet as a resource instead.
For me, the people I interact with online add hugely to my day each day. I don't know if it can be called friendship in the strictest sense, but especially not being in the workplace and being home with small children, I find the interaction invaluable. And the opportunity for humour, argument and support on tap is phenomenal.