Real life friends vs Online friends – Think About It!

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This week’s topic
Are facebook {online} friendships easier to maintain than real life friendships? 
To really get us thinking today let’s look at the key words here –
Friendship – is a relationship between two people who hold mutual affection for each other (wikipedia)
Maintain –  to keep in an existing state (as of repair, efficiency, or validity) : preserve from failure or decline (merriam-webster)
So what we’re looking at today is preserving our relationships with people we like. Is it easier to do this with our online friends?  Or in real life?
Online friends. We have them. In this day and age, just about everyone has some sort of online social profile. It has brought people back together who lost contact. At the beginning of Facebook, I remember becoming so excited because I got to catch up with so many of my childhood friends. When your family moves across the country, it is very easy to lose contact with friends. Back then, there wasn’t Facebook. After a few months, I stopped sending letters, as I found new friends. So when Facebook came up, I was ecstatic. It allowed me to rekindle those long lost friendships.
The downside of online friends, is that if you have too many, some get lost. Instead of maintaining that friendship, they become stagnant, and sometimes forgotten.
Real Life Friends. Are fun! You can go out to lunch, or for ice cream, and experience the love and laughter you get in those situations. Are real life friends harder to maintain? Yes, because it takes more work than just turning on your computer. However, in my opinion, real life friends bring much more quality to your life. With our recent move, my friends took me out for ice cream before we left. It was some of the most fun I’ve had in awhile. These were friends that I would get together for playdates with our kids, watch each others kids so we could run errands, or help out when someone was sick. Online friends can offer support through words, but physically they’re not there.
I found myself in quite the pickle after our move. I knew no one around, and our internet took forever to hook up. So I was out both real life friends (that were nearby), and online friends.  We finally got the internet hooked back up, and I just delved right back in, talking to friends like I’d never left. My real life friends are also some of my online friends. The aspect of our friendship has changed now, because we are not close by. I can’t run over and borrow a cup of sugar if needed. I miss that.
So what was really exciting? My neighbor stopped by yesterday and we sat on our front porch just chatting like we were old friends. She is so fun, and I can’t wait to put in the effort to get to know her more, and really grow this friendship. It’s more work, but it brings greater results in the end.
*To all my online friends reading this – I love you guys! I wish we all lived close by and could relax on a porch while our kids play. I would put effort into our friendship to make that last, but until we do meet, I will enjoy our online interactions!
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4 thoughts on “Real life friends vs Online friends – Think About It!

  1. I struggle with friendships as we have had to move so often. I love that I can still keep in contact with my friends from past places I've lived, yet at the same time you are right, it's not the same. I miss them a lot. I'm nervous for our next move as I have many friends here that I don't want to leave behind.

    1. I know exactly what you mean Amber! We've moved so much as well, and it's just hard. This last move has been the hardest on me, because I thought our last place was finally home. Life sure likes to throw things in the way of our plans though. It's one reason I will never give up my facebook, lol.

  2. I struggle with friendships because I am so stinkin' busy! I work a ton and can't always get together in real life but when we do it is easy to pick up where we left off. I think the internet helps and hurts us so we have to find a balance.

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