Friendship is one of the keys to being human. In the current generation, this has been taken for granted, especially with the rise of social media.
Friendship has lost its taste, as these days people are very busy on their phones, not even taking time to spend quality time with friends.
But where are we heading with the current trend of people shifting friendship to friends on social media?
How reliable are the friends that you have on social media?
It’s funny when you see someone with 5,000 friends on Facebook, yet none of these friends can be available when the person needs help.
Is it that we are now misusing the word friendship? Are these really friends?
People you have never even met, and maybe you never will, yet someone is so proud to say they have friends.
When was the last time that you were there for someone? Someone needed your help or just empathy, and you were able to help?
There is a saying that goes like “A friend in need, is a friend indeed”. But, does it matter anymore?
These days people are very busy trying to paint a picture on social media of who they pretend to be, yet in reality, the truth is totally different. There has been so much fake competition, as people try to outdo each other on social media.
The question these days has been, who is famous on social media?
But does it really matter? Is that how we want to judge humanity, by how many likes or comments someone has?
It is so sad, when I hear cases of people even committing suicide, when maybe someone writes a negative comment or dislikes a post, and the stories go on and on.
It is very unfortunate that instead of instilling self-esteem in our kids, we have let social media be the determinant of who has high self-esteem and who has not.
The inventor of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg said during an interview that his main purpose of creating Facebook was to ease the way people connect to each other. He was just trying to make it easy for people to connect to one another.
However, Facebook has been taken as a tool of judgment by people, forgetting that being human is not about being better than someone, it is being there for someone.
We need to use social media tools the way the creators intended, which is to simply enable us to create meaningful connections easily.
We need to get back the value of friendship, which is simply being there to make someone’s life better. Let us embrace social media as a tool of unity, not a tool of division.
This way, we will help our kids know that it is not about the likes or comments that you get, it is about being a real human, which is accomplished by using all you have to make this world a better place.