How many of you have met someone online for the first time? I know, I meet new people everyday via the internet. Sometimes, it’s a very short interaction and sometimes it turns into a long lasting friendship. We discussed in class how the internet facilitates our relationships in different ways, depending on the communication channel.
A relationship I have with someone on Twitter will probably be different than a relationship I have with someone on Facebook. We all know Twitter is used as a mini-blog. It is a mere short burst of information about a topic or yourself. Twitter is also used to communicate, but more for reacting to each other (in my opinion).In my mind, Facebook is used more for communication to your choice of audience. It’s like a thousand-way telephone call, except it’s written in pixels online. On Twitter, I can’t choose who follows me, but on Facebook, I can.
Some may think that Social Networking Sites are hurting human-kind’s communication skills, but I think we are improving them. We are just communicating through media, instead of in person or on the phone. I speak to more people online, than I would in person. Think of the internet as an “ice-breaker”. If you are shy and meet someone online first, it is likely that you will feel more comfortable when you finally see someone inperson.
When it comes to dating, there are tons of successful online dating success stories.
As well as, online dating horror stories.
Online friendships, I think are the easiest to develop. Take me for example. Two years ago, when I began my licensing to become a group exercise instructor,I met a person through Twitter. I had hashtagged “#AFAA, which is the certification company I was going to test through. I was talking about how psyched and worried I was to take the exam. This person named @hydrofit tweeted me back, offering help to study.
@Hydrofit was from California. Long story short, I thought @Hydrofit was a male, but actually was a female. Our friendship through Twitter grew and we became friends on Facebook. After, we became friends on facebook, we became actual friends. @HydroFit’s name is Erin, 43 years old. She is a group exercise instructor and personal trainer in Simi Valley, California. She is married with two kids. Erin and I, mostly only talk about fitness, but I consider her a great friend and mentor… Even though, we’ve never met in person. As trainers and instructors, we relate really well, because we experience the same things in our own clubs. She is always there to lift me up when I’m bummed about work.
Hi my name is Kristen and I met one of my best friends on Twitter. This summer, we are planning to meet with a bunch of other fitness fanatics in Dublin, Ireland to run a marathon.
Have you made friendships online? Were they successful or a waste of time?