Making friends is just a click away. This has been made possible by the social media platforms. You don’t need to be outgoing to have new friends. Neither is your presence at an evening party or a function necessary. With social media platforms, your friend could be as far away as Asia while you are safely tucked somewhere in the United States or Britain.
Mobile phones made connections easier. When you thought that we had had it all, social media sites such Facebook, Instagram, and Hangout were discovered, and friendship was pushed to a completely new and unexpected level. You can only expect more, and certainly, there is no going back. Strangely, you can be so close to somebody on social media, yet you have never met.
How has Social Media been Useful for Society?
You can make friends as well as keep them using social mediain the following ways:
Speeds up Communication
A couple of decades ago, mails were commonly used as a form of communication. It would take ages for a recipient of the mails to get them and revert to the sender.
With the advent of social media platforms, the communication gap has been narrowed significantly. Communication is now faster and more efficient. Updating a post on your social media page or handle will not take more than a minute. Reposting and sharing other people’s post can take about 30 seconds. It is not only fast but also reaches out to millions of people within seconds. Try to imagine if you were to send mails to those a million people. It will be possible but will cost you a fortune.
The adage goes that a problem shared is a problem half solved. You can spend time on social media platforms just talking and chatting. When you share your life, the problems tend to get off your chest.
A friend who has had a similar experience will walk with and encourage you. You can remain sober and prevent derailment by the issues. In a way, social media sessions are therapeutic.
Staying in Touch
Communication is not just restricted to those who are closer to you. The social media platforms have opened the world. Communication is now easy and effective. These platforms have only made the world to be smaller and even become villages.
Secondly, social media platforms have brought some form of equality and removed protocol. A country’s president can make a post and his followers respond immediately. People are now equal their location and social status notwithstanding.
People living a door away from you can get the message as people who are thousands of miles away.
Relationships are Built
There are cases where social media platforms have broken relationships. However, on the positive side, so many of them have been built. Long lost friends can reunite instantly and pick up from where they had left.
Finally, apart from the benefits that have accrued from social media, you need to use them in moderation since there are people hell-bent on causing havoc online. They could be scammers. Always exercise precaution.