Our interpersonal relationships on and offline are very different. Sites like Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram have been a huge form of communication for the last decade. Most people communicate either through these social networking sites or through a phone. More than half of my friends I keep in contact with are on Facebook. Having online friends is not the same as having real friends. You can speak and have a certain level of intimacy with your online friends, but when you’re having a conversation with a friend in person it’s a different kind of intimacy. When talking in person you can gets hands on reactions and see facial expressions. Online you can speak to a person who might not even care what you’re saying and could just be in your business.
Having friends online does not make them your real friends. The feature with Facebook is that you can add people to be your friend; it doesn’t mean you actually have to know them. People send requests to people that may live in another country; it is just to boost their number of friends. When you have a lot of friends on Facebook it helps you look cool or popular. You are judged on how many likes you get or how much you post.
Social media sites also affect how people view us and vice versa. People will check your profile picture or posts before they have a conversation with you. It depends on your attractiveness and how you present yourself online. People might add you because your simply friends with the same person they are friends with. You would go through a person’s profile look at their friends, interests and what they post about, this I believe is just judging off an online experience.
Social media changes how we see people according to an online profile. Our interpersonal relationships are changing rapidly. People would rather communicate online than offline. Social media sites are used as a connection to stay connected to friends and family. This connection that we have through these social media sites is only a thin thread.
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