How Social Media Can Create New Friendships (Magazine Excerpt)

In the social media era, online friendships are becoming increasingly popular and it turns out, there are many benefits to these cyber relationships.

Internet Friendships: The Internet, especially Facebook, has made it easier to meet new people all over the world who share similar interests. The internet places no boundaries and allows you to learn about new people and cultures without having to leave your house. There are many online groups and communities you can join, so there is something for everyone.

Positives vs Negatives: Many people are afraid of online friendships, as they believe that the person isn’t being their true self or they could possibly have an ulterior motive to become your friend i.e. dating your ex, being the opposite gender or even hiding behind a photograph of someone they found online.

On the other hand, there are many positives that come with having online friends which a lot of people are scared to do. Many online friends can actually become real life friends just by meeting up for a coffee or going on a night out together.

Safety First: Online friendships are great but be aware of still taking safety measures when meeting new people of any gender. Online safety is similar to safety that is applied to every day situations. Make sure you don’t give out passwords, bank account details or personal information.

Offline safety: make sure that if you are meeting someone for the first time, meet in a busy place. Preferably in the daytime and maybe even take a friend, family member or neighbour with you. If you cannot bring someone with
you, make sure someone knows where you are going and who you are meeting.

Apart from that, the safety measures are very similar when it comes to all types of friendships and it really doesn’t change the way you should feel when speaking online. Just be aware and always do your own research and if you feel something is off, then make sure you go with your gut feeling.

Facebook Groups: Joining groups is a great way to meet new people and to receive advice from people of all ages. At first you will be sceptical of what to say and post however, there is no reason to quit before giving it a couple of days to see if it’s right for you.

To be honest, most of the time when you first join Facebook you follow every celebrity page going, however, you unfollow or start following more important pages.

Good & Bad Advice: It’s very hard to make friendships these days, especially with everyone being so busy in their personal lives. You may be struggling yourself with something and feel you have no one to talk to or you may feel
judged by people who know you personally.

This makes being online a great way to speak to people who may be going through the same thing as you. They could give you better advice than people you see every day. Just be aware with names, dates and titles just in case the person ends up knowing you or they know someone you are talking about.

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Excerpt from the sixth issue of Zest For Life Magazine. Click Read More to view the full article…

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