How social media changed my relationships
It’s taken awhile for me to realize my online life and my offline life aren’t mutually exclusive.I’M A LONG DISTANCE friend hoarder. I started pen-palling at the age of six, and by high school, was receiving up to three letters a day. I thrived on this sort of contact; I practically craved it. I bought pink pretty stationery and I started collecting friends like postage stamps. Then I was introduced to the world of Livejournal, and then Facebook, and then Twitter and my god—now there’s Google+! What will I do with all these friends?! I have nearly 1000 Facebook friends. Who the hell are you people? Where did you come from? My personal mantra has always been “people are worth knowing,” but these past few months I have begun to feel a certain detachment with my social media involvement. I read terribly impersonal press releases and my heart plummets. I actually received an advertising request last week addressed to another friend’s website, obviously copied-and-pasted. It’s hard to merge the online and offline worlds, but it’s possible. I had to take a step back recently to more critically analyze social media’s influence on my relationships, both personal and professional. Here’s what I figured out.