I made a friend in 2013 on ps3. We used to play call of duty black ops 2 together for like a straight 2 years then we exchanged socials then we first met in 2015. He lived like 30 mins away from me. We went football together and stuff. We’ve been friends since and in 2018 I was doing a part time job and I told him about it and we’ve been doing it together for a year. So as you can tell they do exist. I wouldn’t try to look for online friends tho. If you make a good connection with someone start following each other on social media. Then it just kicks on from there
We didn't even talk about it at the time. Just showed our faces and went along with it. She said she had a crush on me at the start though, before she saw what I looked like, same with me tbh. Online relationships can work, but not for everyone. Friends are harder to maintain.
I'm usually not great at making friends online, but I joined TSR 2 years ago (started using seriously one year ago) and I've connected with lots of great people. I've been PMing a user from here for about a year on and off, and would consider them a friend.
Hope the best for you
A friend isn't about you've known the longest. It's about who walked into you're life, said "I'm here for you" and actually proved it.