When having a conversation through an online service, you may encounter a scenario like this:
- Me: Hello Stranger!
- Stranger: Hello!
- Me: What do you think of Barack Obama?
- Stranger: He's a good friend! We play tennis together!
- Me: Oh? You meet him in real life?
Whenever I say "real life" or "in reality" during this kind of online conversations, I hesitate and have this horrible itch where I tell myself "gosh, this doesn't make sense at all, how is this NOT real life?"
Is there a better term to use in this kind of situation?
I don't want to say "in reality" because, well, even an online chat is reality...well, even if you disagree with that, is there an alternative anyway?