Internet Best Friends—lots of us have them, few of us meet them IRL. They’re a kind of friendship that only exists online, but does that make IBFs very different from IRL friends? In this episode of our series NEW SLANG, we look at the nature of chat, fandom, communication and identity and how this has come to be one of the top most-searched words for definitions over the past year.
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