| I don't believe that we cannot have fulfilling interpersonal relationships via the internet.|
Not my argument. I've been friends with a guy in Scotland since 1995. Never so much as heard his voice.
These relationships are every whit as real and fulfilling as relationships I could have if I went directly to where they were and interacted with them physically.
Now there - there we can disagree. Come at it from the other side - you have friends that you hang out with and interact with. You eat meals with them, watch movies with them, talk about classes with them. Consider carefully:
If you never saw them in person ever again, would your relationship be diminished?
I don't think you can honestly say that an in-person relationship does not suffer from becoming a text-based relationship. I think it can still be a strong relationship, but it becomes a different relationship.
Thus, back to the core argument:
People who focus on online relationships lose some of their ability to have an in-person relationship.
I would argue that your inability to distinguish between the two demonstrates my point. If I can experience a closer relationship off-line than I can online, while you can experience just as intense a relationship online as off, which is more likely:
A) You experience a greater depth of connection in all things than I do
B) Your ability to experience connection in person has been diminished compared to me
I can make an argument for B. Can you make an argument for A?