I get really sick of people misusing the abbreviation IRL when discussing their interactions with people outside of the Internet. As if things you do and say online aren’t real. I’m with Professor Dumbledore on this one:
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
Real people interact on the Internet every day. Sometimes constructively, sometimes not. And still there persists the impression that what happens on the internet is somehow less real, that the consequences are less, that it’s all a bit of a laugh. No.
It is a part of life. It is now practically essential to affluent modern life. It’s time to stop describing it as something less than life.