I imagine the answer is that I’m just old but occasionally something might come up in real life where I’ll need to reference someone on Social Media who I am ‘friends’ with, but I’ve either only met once or maybe not at all.
And I feel a bit presumptuous to call that person a friend. I mean I feel like friends are people you meet a number of times in person and have a personal connection with and chat to in a way that I don’t tend to find is very easy via messaging systems.
I mean I imagine @sheeldz (met once) and @BodyInTheThames (never met, wouldn’t even recognise him in a picture, don’t even know his real name, none of these things bother me) would be cool with me calling them friends. Maybe. Hard to know. <-- even just writing that I feel a bit like I’m overstepping lines.
Is this just a peculiar old person sort of social anxiety? I mean obviously I am talking IRL mostly with contemporaries so that might add to it.