The debate to whether technology enables or disables our relationships has continued, since the start of social media. There are many who feel that technology and social networks allow us to maintain relationships. Others are convinced that they hurt us in the long-run.
From my own experience, I have found some amazing relationships through social networks. I know these people to be at the easiest and quickest form of communication for me. All I have to do is jump on my keyboard and grab my mouse. This, at times, seem so easy it wouldn’t even be a thought. But, I feel myself reaching out less, even though the barrier of entry is smaller and quicker. I believe that it’s so easy to reach all these people whenever I want, that I’ve began, like many people, to take the whole idea for granted.
People are here today and gone tomorrow. The relationships you have, you must savor. Enjoy them often, if possible. Great people come and go from your life. This is a natural progression of growth and relationships. Letting those you have become close with go, because you were too lazy to call, text, or jump on your keyboard is just lazy. Make an effort. I only say this, because I know this about myself. I know I need to make more of an effort. I work from home. I’m on my computer all day, sometimes for ten hours, even more if I’m busy.
I’ve taken the amazing and wonderful relationships I’ve formed online for granted. I’m not proud of it. Honestly, I blame the fact that each individual relationship is different. That’s a true statement. Most, if not all the relationships I’ve built online, are a little different than the next. I shouldn’t try to make excuses for my actions, but I’m going to try anyway. Take your online relationships offline and grow them.
I think the thing is, we need to embrace the forgotten and most powerful social network. The original social network. The network that allows us to stay alive: community. When I say community, I mean meeting and enjoying life together in real life. We are a society that needs one another. I believe that we, for whatever reason, have forgotten that. We need each other. Let’s take some time to embrace those we cherish so. Don’t take them for granted. There are many things in life you don’t get second chances on. Don’t risk it. It’s not worth it.