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Friendship in the Digital Age

FriendshipMy grandfather once said, “If you can count your true friends on one hand, consider yourself lucky.” Sounds strange I suppose, but as I get older, this statement makes more and more sense.

In a world of social media, forming friends and fans by the hundreds and sometimes even thousands, friendship has taken on a whole new meaning. We tweet followers from the delivery room as we bring life into the world. We share intimate secrets and confessions over Facebook. And we provide updates on some of the most everyday, yet personal experiences. Although there is certainly a time and place for social media, I sometimes wonder where it is leading?

I personally thrive on the personal connections I make face-to-face.  I treasure the friendships formed, regardless of distance or time, with individuals with whom I can bond on a deeper level, beyond the simple niceties. I am thankful for the friendship in which I can share good news and bad news, without judgment, jealousy or indifference. I am thankful for friends whom I trust, respect and value, and deeply admire. These types of relationships rarely happen over night. Yet, it does seem that for some, they are happening over the internet. It makes me wonder how friendships are changing and if virtual friendships are rewarding for those who find them.

What does friendship mean to you? Do you find friendship has changed in the 21st century?

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