The Social Connection

Whew, it’s been a while since my last post.  Been really busy with school and haven’t had time to do pretty much anything, but I just want to be able to squeeze at least something small in tonight.

I was talking to my good friend Luke, and I just started to realize something about social media that I took for granted.  I’ll explain further, but first I need to make known that currently, I know many people who are in the process of quitting Facebook (or have already done so) and other form of social networks.

“Too much drama!”

“Worried about privacy!”

“I waste too much time on there.”

These are just some of the reasons I hear for people leaving Social Networks.  Now I spend hours on the computer a day, almost all of my homework is on Blackboard.com, I’m getting more to the phase of papers and presentations as opposed to tests.  I leave my Facebook and Twitter online minimized while I do work, as well as having push notifications on my iPhone.  So it’s safe to say I’m always capable of being in contact.

Back to the conversation with Luke, he’s about 2000 miles away.  He moved away a couple years ago and we stay in touch regularly.  I started thinking about how this constant communication between us really isn’t possible without the technology of social networking.  Well, I understand it’s possible, but not nearly as rich, that term pen pals is almost extinct if not already.

I went to the list of all my friends list and I began to see that a majority of my friends aren’t just acquaintances but close friends that I am interested in keeping a bridge of communication with.

Without this, I wouldn’t be able to talk to my friend Luke,  I wouldn’t talk to so many of my relatives who are spread everywhere across the country.  Kid’s that lived on my street when I was young, kids I brought to church, friends travelling to other countries, all of this wouldn’t be possible.

When I was in high school, my father and my relationship was very strained, I couldn’t stand him.  But I was a rebellious teenager at the time and took for granted the ability of even having him in my life.  I’m happy that our relationship is the best it’s ever been now, even though he lives in Chicago.  Besides cell phones, my father and I use Facebook to stay in contact alot.

So regardless of how things are doing, bad, good, happy, sad, or anything.  I just so thankful that I have the ability of being able to communicate with so many people using social networking.

Don’t take this as an excuse to send me farmville requests though.

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