Sunday, August 8, 2010

Closeness and Imperceptibility

Another oddity in social networking that I’ve noticed is the suddenness with which you can be thrust back into the lives of people with whom you may have completely lost contact. Just the other day, I was added as a friend on Facebook by someone I haven’t seen in over six years. Within minutes I was up to speed with what he looks like now, what he has been doing in the past few months, and plenty of details I never learned during the course of our in-person friendship.

This abrupt update in a friend’s life makes me consider the relationships I have with the people closest to me. I have perceived six years of growth and change in one person to occur in a single moment, but in my closest friends and loved ones, change in their appearance and daily lives seems so gradual that it is almost imperceptible. Perhaps the observation of such change is a good gauge of the closeness of a relationship. If you see someone make obvious leaps in the progression of his/her life, maybe it’s time to take a deeper interest in him/her before he/she has leapt off your radar.

10 comments:

Jill said...

Just came over from Tag Along Tuesday. I'm following you and looking forward to reading more of your interesting posts! I like your writing!

have a great week!

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Yenta Mary said...

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Sandman Moon said...

Yet another reason why Facebook culture is making my head spin! I've taken some time off from Facebook for a while, and you know what, I'm not missing it!

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Mom's Review for you said...

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Minima Sapala said...

I'm the only person left on earth who's not on Facebook. I think it's because I'm so good at keeping in touch with people. If I "fall out of touch" it means I'm done with someone.

Also, as I get older I seem to be withdrawing more and more from society. Perhaps one day I'll be relying solely on smoke signals to reach out and touch someone...

allthingsnew said...

So true! Social Media has definitely changed the way that I view relationships!

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Hollywood Chic said...

Thank you for following Hollywood Chic, the favor is returned. Very great blog with amazing writing!

Amanda T said...

Hey There,

Stopping by from Tuesday Tag Along.

I was already following you but just wanted to give you a friendly reminder to feel free to stop by and join in my new blog hop: Wobble Over Wednesday.

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Curlicue a.k.a. Kathy, KD, Kate and my favorite, Miss Kat said...

I'm so glad you left a comment for me on my blog. While my blog has lots of photos and not as many words, I do love to write. I'm actually working on short stories right now. I'll be looking forward to reading more of your writing.

Holly said...

Coming back to visit and follow you from TTA! I completley ignored Facebook and other social media for the longest time, but when I finally did go for it, I have was thrilled. I have made and renewed so many connections.