Obviously friends IRL are much more fun to have, and that's not the issue I have with such statements. It's more of the fact that IRL friends are more important as a result. By such logic, if your best friend was forced to move away to the other side of the US, he is now your worst friend. Location doesn't mean garbage these days, 'sides from convenience. Believing all friends found among the web are nothin' but second rate means the person with said beliefs might as well avoid forums, chat rooms, etc. all together 'n stick to the people they know in the flesh since they're clearly wasting their time otherwise.