I’ve often heard people complaining about technology and how it takes away from face-to-face interaction. While I agree that the internet and, more specifically, social media have impacted the amount of time people spend talking in person I don’t think this is always such a bad thing. I know the importance of having face time when it comes to clients and the value it holds for a company, but there are many times when I have been thankful for social media because it provides me with another outlet to connect with people when face-to-face interaction isn’t available. There are several reasons why I love the internet (online shopping, celebrity gossip, Netflix), but being able to use it as a means to communicate with people I don’t always see is at the top of the list.
Sending a letter via the postal service has its perks: it’s personal, rarely done, and it doesn’t take an explanation for my mother to open it. However, it also takes several days (depending on where it’s going) to get there. When I have news, more specifically good news, I want to share it immediately with as many people as possible. E-mail allows me to do that and instead of having to send individual e-mails I can send it to as many people as I want and I only have to click “send” once.
I met my boyfriend in Belize. Luckily, he isn’t from there but he also doesn’t and never has lived in the same state as I do. Facebook was the one means in which we started getting to know each other. We wrote long and detailed messages to one another every day and that was how we were able to stay connected and become friends. We eventually graduated from Facebook messages onto texts, phone calls, and now webcam but without Facebook I don’t know if we would have gotten to where we are now. Facebook has also helped me stay connected to friends and family that I hardly get to see. Although sharing pictures and comments on the internet will never be as good as being there in person, it’s better than not having any communication at all.
Being able to contact people through e-mail and social media is just easier sometimes than hunting them down in person or playing phone tag. There are only 24 hours in a day and everyone is so busy it’s sometimes difficult to find a compatible time to stop and talk and that’s ok. E-mail has made it easier to communicate with my professors, Facebook has helped me stay connected to people I care about, and technology as a whole has given me an additional medium to communicate and share information. It’s not something we should feel guilty about as long as we do make time for those that matter.
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