You’re so right about the Internet making it easier. I think the dynamic of relationships is shifting because of our ability to stay connected through the Internet even after parting ways.
I spent a week with total strangers and now most of them will likely be lifelong friends. We’re still separated geographically by hundreds or thousands of miles, but the relationships will live on because we’re able to stay connected.
The ability to stay connected even after parting means that all interactions in the real world suddenly have the potential to be a lot more important and meaningful.
When you combine the passive connections online (reading each others’ blog posts, tweets, etc.) with real-time interaction, the connections instantaneously deepen. After our Skype chat the other day, I now feel more connected with you; the connection feels deeper than it did before the call even though all we did was chat for a bit.