Tobi shearling jacket - internet friends

Remember when we first started getting the internet in our homes and everyone was preaching about ‘stranger danger’ and internet safety? I thought that internet friends would always be people you never met. Back in 1999, you’d often find me sat in my dining room at our massive Dell desktop pc using the internet to browse the Ty beanie babies forum.

I’d spend a couple of hours a day on there after school chatting to people around the world about my favourite beanies and speculating on which ones we thought they’d bring out next.  There was a girl I used to talk to regularly on the forum who was around the same age and was from the USA – for all I know she was probably a he in their forties. This was my first experience of having an ‘internet friend’ and I never thought that friends that you meet online could become friends in real life too. View Post

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