While I have thousands of acquaintances gathered from decades of adventures, my real friends—my true friends—can be counted on one (maybe two) hands.
My friends are precious to me. I am fiercely, fiercely loyal.
A friend for life? For me, friend and life are pretty much synonymous.
Few friends, deep bonds is my motto.
I was recently waching CNN. They were talking about how social media was changing the nature of our relationships. How we will have hundreds and hundreds of friends, but that those friendships will last nanoseconds.
Is that our fate?
Are the days of deep, long-lasting friendships over? Is social media going to condemn us to shallow, passing interactions on cyberspace? As we flit from social media tool to social media tool, will we never be able to relate to each other in any long-term or profound way?
The answer may be in the middle. Yes, many of our social media connections will be spontaneous with little depth. But this is not inevitable. As our understanding of social media deepens so will our connections there. And as we share and converse, there is no reason that real friendships won’t emerge.
We must remember that these are still early days. Social media will mature as will our interactions there.