Both are beneficial but I prefer online friends.An online friend is someone that appears among your contacts on Facebook,twitter or any other social media site.Usually, the relationship is not so strong.We can add them because they are our colleagues, or classmates or because we live in the same neighborhood. They may be friends of our friends and we add them because they look nice or sound interesting.
If you log on to Facebook and check the friend section,you will see a huge number.But the question is how many do we chat with??I bet that you have not chatted with some of them.You may probably have forgotten their existence.
An offline person is someone you have met in the past and you keep on meeting and sharing experiences with them.He or she is someone you enjoy spending time with,someone you trust.
Their is a limit to how you can interact with an online friend.You can share photos,links with an online friend while you can share your problems,experiences,memories with your offline friends
Saying that online friends are always their when you need them may be correct but how is the quality of the meeting.?
Social media gives us the advantage of turning an online friend to offline friend but if I'm asked to choose between them,I will say I prefer offline friends .