I love it, it connects us to the whole world. It's great for my passion, which is learning languages. I'd be lost without it ;p
I'd hardly find anyone to talk in English with and keep honing my skills in the backwater town I live, for example ~
Much less other languages, like Japanese -3-
I do feel as close to my best friends as I do to my family, if not a bit closer.
We've known one another since we were kids, so it's kinda natural.
However , there are some family members I'm on bad terms with. I don't think being related makes me owe anything to them. They don't earn my love...