I would so much more prefer in-person communication. I feel like there is no way that being online gives people an idea of who I really am, non-verbal expression is so important. However, I really enjoy the fact that I can just come on here and meet new people and get a glimpse of others because I lack the communication with my current situation (not working and busy with the kids and family and it is simple to get online for a bit here and there). It is just a "glimpse", though. I would much prefer to gather all of you and shove you in one big room and get to really know you, personally. Muahahahaha....
I hold back some information about myself on here because if I told you everything you would think I was nuts without really knowing me. HAHA! Plus, there is no way for people tell when I am being seriously or joking.
On the other hand, I feel comfortable discussing some things I just don't get the chance to discuss with other people. Mainly, philosophical stuff. My neighbor calls me the psychology nerd. I am sure she thinks I am picking her brain every time we chat out at the driveway. haha
I use a lot of smileys cause I smile a lot and I use a lot of HAHAHA and LOL's because I laugh a whole lot too.