Facebook And Friends?

A little over a year ago, I deleted my Facebook account, simply because I became extremely frustrated by the fact that people were trying to solicit money from me. Today, I read this interesting PC Magazine article about a noted anthropologist discovering the fact that our Facebook friends don't really care about us, especially those "friends" who we have not met face-to-face.

Researchers say that social networks are in many ways "egocentric," and the connections people have with each other are "loose at best."

The above article goes on to say that "researchers found that social networks do not improve friendships. While they acknowledged that social networks can keep friendships alive for a somewhat longer span, Facebook and Twitter are not enough to "overcome" friendship issues; real friends require a deeper connection. In practical terms, it may reflect the fact that real (as opposed to casual) relationships require at least occasional face-to-face interaction to maintain them."

Beloved, our detached society has a great need for "real" face-to-face conversation that social networks simply cannot provide.

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets

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