Monday, September 28, 2015

Social Media and Friendships

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Social media has many different uses. It has changed the way people communicate. Many people use Facebook to connect with people they already know. But many people use social media to make new friends and many times those friendships are primarily online. Through social media there are now couples who meet online and proceed to meet up and have a wonderful relationship.

My best friend met her long time boyfriend on Tumblr. They started talking and eventually met up. They've been together for several years now and are planning on getting married once he can move closer to her. None of this would have been possible without social media.

This past summer a friend we met via Twitter was able to fly in from Missouri to visit for a weekend. My sister and I were able to meet her for the first time and spend a few days together. Along with her are a group of others who are all friend via Twitter. Many of them have met each other but that's only a few. Most of them have never met each other. Yet they still consider each other to be a support group and talk about anything friends that know each other in person would talk about. Many of them are even in long distance relationships.

Social media has created a way for friendships to form that never would have had a chance before. Opportunities that never would have occurred before are enabled by social media. Friendships, relationships, and other connections are made via Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Those relationships provide support and cultural sharing as well that wouldn't have been possible without social media.

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