Friendship in the Digital Age

“If have good friends, no matter how much life is sucking, they can make you laugh.”

P.C. Cast

The most recent #GetRealChat, run by Pam Moore, discussed the topic of friendship. It covered a wide array of things like what words come to mind when we think of friendship and what’s the most important part to a successful relationship.

During the chat, it was mentioned how many different types of friends exist, especially due to social media and the Internet. Here are some common types that I thought of:

  • IRL Friend (In Real Life Friend)
  • Facebook Friend
  • New Friend
  • Work Friend
  • Online Friend
  • Gaming Friend
  • Office Friend
  • Life-Long Friend

You get the idea. The point is, each of these friendships are just a little bit different, because the situation that sparked the friendship is different.

Here’s my question: Has social media had a positive or negative impact on the many types of relationships?

Do people who have 3,000+ friends on Facebook REALLY have that many friends? Or have quality friendships gotten lost between the thousands of “friends” and the computer screen?

Social media gives people across the globe the ability to easily stay in touch and up to date about each other’s lives. What does it say about the impact that social media, though, if a friend down the street and a friend in New York seem equally far away?

It’s almost as though social media provides us with enough of a connection to the outside world to create the mirage of having a large social circle, without the true relationships. At the end of the day though, who would really be there for you?

Maybe the people who would be there for you are your Facebook friends or maybe they’re your friends from middle school. Who knows?

What really matters is the quality of the relationship. Not how you met or how often you talk.

One of my best friends I only talk to once or twice a month. Does that make it less of a friendship than the ones I have with people who I chat with on social media on a daily basis? Not at all.

True friendships are one of the hardest things to find, and at times I think social media can make it even harder. 

How do you think social media has impacted your friendships?

~ Miss Soucie

Paige

Lover of all things travel, food, fitness and cocktails. Currently the Community Director at Ampsy, supporter of the #yesphx community and always on the lookout for the next adventure.