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entry by the ever amusing scarletdemon
I think that people who don't understand online relationships are still looking at the computer as an opaque object - your vision stops at the screen, and you are using the computer to do things. You (and me) are viewing it more as a window, as a means of communication. If I send you an IM it doesn't stop at my screen - it stops at your eyes, from my perspective.
Pretend someone has never been around telephones much. They aren't even thinking, "Why does she call her sister so much?" - they are thinking, "Why does she speak into that piece of plastic so much? Isn't it better to speak to a real person than to speak into plastic? They don't understand that you are experiencing conversation with your sister, not a piece of plastic. I think it is similar with the internet.