Are real life friends better than those on Social Media?


Are Real Life Friends Better Than Those on Social Media?
Social media has become an integral part of our lives, giving us the ability to connect with people from all around the world.

Many of us are on several platforms. Some for business, and some for fun. We keep track of our followers and friends and think the higher number we have the “more popular” we are. But are these followers really friends?

Today I will be meeting with a few of my contacts IRL (in real life) for lunch.

What are some of the benefits of this meeting that I’m looking forward to?

👉 Authentic, deeper relationships.

Face-to-face interactions, allow us to see non-verbal cues, body language, and tone of voice. These enable us to build genuine bonds that evolve naturally, built upon shared experiences, mutual trust, and support.

While social media has its place, friendships can be more superficial. We often lack the depth and intimacy online that can be found through our face-to-face connections.

👉 Support and Understanding:

Meeting someone IRL changes the dynamics of a relationship. We feel a bond that can lead to a deeper caring for someone. We feel the need to support them and help them where we can. A real life friend can offer comfort, reassurance, and a listening ear.

While our online support system might be a larger network of people who can offer encouragement and advice, the depth of a real emotional connection may be limited.

👉 A sense of belonging:

IRL friendships are often more focused. Meeting face-to-face provides the perfect setting for deepening relationships. We share our personal history, values, and aspirations, which all lead to a greater sense of support and connection.

With that said, our online community does enable us to connect with people from different backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives, widening our social circles and exposing us to diverse ideas. This is something that provides opportunities to learn and grow when engaging with a global community.

Ultimately, the value of friendships lies in striking a balance between the two, cherishing real-life connections while leveraging the benefits of social media to enhance and expand our social networks.

I’m thankful of the connections I’ve made and I am looking forward to today’s “real life meeting”

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