I remember a time in my life when contacting a friend meant speaking to them in person. This was achieved by either sporadic running across neighborhood yards to each other’s doors, memorizing their phone number and dialing at the speed of light, or passing a top secret note in class. Each form of communication involved a level of dedication and risk. There was always a chance that the friend might not be home or respond in a way I would not like, but because I had to deal with these issues in real time, I had no option but to accept it.
— Erica Halverson (@halversonerica) February 1, 2016
Today, humility is removed from communication. I can send a text, respond to a comment, or email a potential employer with little invested. If my tone was misinterpreted, sure I would be upset, but never did I have to deal with my disappointment in person. I did all of the correspondence virtually, and therefore, never had to publicly deal with the situation.
— HuffPost Lifestyle (@HPLifestyle) February 1, 2016
Modern social media has taken the inherent risk out of developing relationships. Without the risk factor, relationships are more easily formed and more easily disposable. Concrete relationships need dedication on both sides, not a virtual connection that leaves both with a mediocre friendship and lonely behind their screens.