Social Media and Friendship

Hanging Out On Social Media

Social media can be the foundation for incredible friendships.

It can also tear friendships apart.

If you truly want to find out who your friends are, post your opinion about something online. You will likely see them fall into various categories.

(1) Those who decide you are a total idiot and that you are no longer worthy of being their friend.

(2) Those who remain quiet (regardless of their opinion) and choose to distance themselves from you for fear that others will associate you with them.

(3) Those who respectfully disagree with you and explain why they feel the way they do without resorting to name calling or hate filled rants.

(4) Those that have always known you are a complete idiot and love you anyway.

Short of never having an opinion, how do you prevent social media from having a negative impact on your opinions?

Maybe in the end it is simply a matter of discovering the strength of a friendship. If an opinion can destroy it, perhaps things work out the way they are supposed to…

J. Cricket Walker

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  1. Lauren PadgettLauren Padgett12-19-2013

    How to prevent social media from having a negative impact on my opinions? I accept that some will agree and some will disagree with me, and as long as they’re not rude or bullying about it, I’m okay with it. But those who are rude or try to bully me into their beliefs are removed; I’ve decided not to waste my time feeling angry or uncomfortable because of those folks.

    If I call them ‘friends’, it’s because we have mutual respect for each others’ beliefs and lives, even if we live and believe differently. (And it’s fine if you disagree with me about this, ’cause we’re friends!)

    • CricketCricket12-19-2013

      I am so pleased that you are my friend. :)

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