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Let’s Stop Pretending We Are All Friends

We need a new word for “Friends.” How many people on your social channels do you actually KNOW? I personally have more than 4,800 “friends” on Facebook, yet I probably I only know 10 percent of them. Are they my friends? Not really. But do we have a shared common interest or friend? Maybe. One definition of friend is “a person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection.” Do you have “mutual affection” for every one of your Twitter followers? While there is inherent value in the shared interest of people as a whole, it’s time to rethink how we interact with this group of (mostly) like-minded individuals who may share some of our values or opinions, but who would not be am

Is Social Media Broken?

Social media makes it easy to be polarizing. Black or White, Yes or No, Republican or Democrat. Often, there is little room for nuance, context and thoughtful discourse. As the “virtual” iteration of who we are, social media often gives us a one-dimensional look at ourselves and our “friends.” Let’s look at an example. Sue may have expressed support for Hillary Clinton on her Facebook page. To many, that one “thing” about Sue can tell you many other things about her (she is pro-choice, believes in climate change, believes in social services for the advancement of society – and other long-held liberal “tenants.”). Bob, who voted for Donald Trump, may look at Sue and think that they have absol

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