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  • Writer's pictureMarianne Wieland

Social Media and Relationships

Sometimes in life we get so caught up in what is going on with us, that we forget to look around and see what is going on with our friends, our families, our co-workers. We forget about what others might need from us. And everyone won't need the same thing. What the needs are for one, might not necessarily be the needs of another. Unfortunately, last year in this pandemic, we were limited as to what we could do. The primary means of communication became social media. Not that it wasn't any other time, but at that time, it was what kept us in contact with others safely. But, even today, with all the different medical and political views, we can end up building walls that are hard to break down. We stand the risk of making it hard for our friends and families to reach out to us.

Some may get lost in false relationships. But on the other hand, if we are careful and discerning, we can develop wonderful relationships, make new friends that are real, stay connected with family, and be there for those that care about us. Even though it may not be a face-to face-relationship, it can be meaningful if you stay true to your own heart and be grateful for what you have in your life or what you can give to others.

I have made some amazing friendships on social media, reconnected with old friends, kept in touch with family and have been able to counsel people in other countries. I have joined groups that I never knew existed and have become quite adept at posting information that may help those that are uncomfortable asking for help. Five years ago, I would not have considered this a good way to form connections with others. But I have had to change that view in light of the relationships I have made and the people I have met. And I am very glad I did.

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