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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Is Social Media shortening friendships?


I’m sat here after realising another good friend of mine has gone ‘offline’ in my life. The first time this happened it really hurt but the second time is just frustrating. Does 21st century life make it harder to sustain long term friendships? Don’t get me wrong social media is great for those friends who move away after uni and you want to keep in touch with their life updates and achievements but it also allows ‘lazy friendships’. These type of friendships are where you are all in from the beginning, whatsapping 24/7 behaving like you’ve known each other years but does being in contact all day every day for 18 months straight mean you’ve exasperated conversation? Have you squashed 5 years of friendship into 18 months? Does this type of friendship make it easier and more acceptable to cancel that lunch or those girls cocktails. Do they need to come to my birthday drinks if they’ve done a photo declaration on social media? We live in a face valued fake world, nothing stays the same but do I accept these are short term friendships and invest less time or stop trying to form new friendships all together. 
At 25 my time now seems too precious to waste it chasing those who never meet you half way. I long for that American dream style loyal friendship group who no matter what make time for each other and stick to arrange plans. Do they only exist in movies now? Tell me I’m not alone feeling like this, I do have friends but it can feel lonely when one leaves your life out of the blue for no other reason than they no longer need your online presence. 

Is having constant contact killing my friendships?

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