networking & relationships

all the excitement about social networking, and connecting up with friends on facebook, orkut, myspace etc etc seems to leave out one very important fact. if you don’t keep in touch with that person in real life, you are unlikely to do so on a social network & the people you are in touch with regularly in real life, are the ones you will exchange posts with on the social network. think about it, you probably have a 100 friends on your list, people from school, college, post grad, various workplaces, people you met randomly, people who you just know virtually… and yet, how many of these people do you exchange posts with and know what’s changing on their pages?

it’s going to come back to people you would anyway be in touch with real life. the website has only made it an easier platform to exchange information without the necessity of emailing the events and happenings of your life. has it added to your network of friends? not really. because the other 50 people who are on your friend list, are just there, on your list, but no more on your mind than they would be otherwise.

quite frankly beyond receiving dozens of application invites, there’s really nothing else going on to make you interact with those 50. sure, you got in touch with someone you haven’t seen in years, but then what? its one of those things that’s nice, but doesn’t have a significant impact on your life.

has social networking really changed human behaviour? nope.

    • Mee
    • July 16th, 2008

    there are kinds and kinds and kinds of friends- acquaintances, colleagues, best friends, past boyfriends, girlfriends boyfirineds,,, you know! so its nice to have all kinds of friends on ur social networking site for sure. those who post comments regularly on your blogs or write oft to us, are special in their own way…this debate – as fAr as i am concerned – is already a decisive part of our lives:-)

    • Rambler
    • August 10th, 2008

    The thing about social networking is that its great for maintaining your circle of acquantances.Coz with friends you have other ways of keeping in touch

    • Anil P
    • November 30th, 2008

    Interesting point.

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