If I hear one more person say "real life" I'm going to go insane, or ... something. The internet is not fake. Things that happen on it really happen. It's not the same as things in person, but it is real. If I called you a jerk here would you not also know that I think of you as a jerk outside of this medium? (If you answer that with anything other than a yes please step away from the computer and seek professional help) Then yes, it is real. So stop saying "real life" to distinguish between online and in person interactions.