The social media age has had quite the affect on human relationship.
Instead of having a small circle of close friends who we check in with regularly, we now have hundreds of “friends” all stored conveniently in our social media network. Why call and see how so and so is doing, we can check their Facebook. Birthday? Post on their wall. Most of our human to human contact is now displayed through a screen.
It’s allowed us to stay in contact with hundreds of people, but it’s also distanced us away from those few who should be close. No longer do you hear or see those human idiosyncrasies that strengthened our bond amongst ourselves. Because of smartphones, any activity your friends is tracked right in your pocket: always around, but never truly there.
A loyal American.
With all of these “friends” and followers, we lose track of the ones that matter. It’s difficult to have a true circle of friends larger than ten, but social media has tricked us into thinking that hundred’s is the norm. We’re always told that there’s plenty of fish in the sea, but now we can see them, swimming around eagerly, waiting to be caught. In this case, plenty is just another word for empty.
Reality: Your Facebook friends don’t give a shit about you. They don’t. They’re simply a superficial extension of a real person: soulless, faceless and disloyal. And you don’t truly give a shit about them. How many of those friends would you fight for? Which friends would you take a Louisville Slugger to the back back of anyones skull for when they said the word? No explanation, no back story. Just do it. Would you?
It’s a dramatic analogy, but it makes you realize who’s truly important. There’s a high chance that you couldn’t name more than five people who you’d knock someone unconscious for, so why are we so focused on having hundreds (if not thousands) of friends and followers on networks where you’re only a mere hologram (Wuddup ‘Pac) of your actual self? Are many weak relationships more important than a few strong ones?
I don’t think so.
The only people in your life that actually matter are the ones who will be around at your weakest point. When you find out who they are, don’t lose them.
Loyalty is the only glue that can keep you together.