Ever since the book came out, I've received feedback about how it's made women think about friendships throughout their lives, as well as who is in their lives now. The goal of this blog is to open up and create a dialogue about friendships: the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Each week I will post my thoughts, experiences, as well as various articles, topics or quotes that I feel are important when examining female friendships. Please feel free to leave comments; I look forward to hearing from you!
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
7 Friends You'd Be Better Off Without by Sally Stich
From the friend who doesn't get back to you (even though she's tech-savvy) to the friend who can dish it but can't take it, these common scenarios can be challenging to manage. The goal is to have friends who can engage in healthy and honest communication when there is an issue. If not, it's time to take another look at the friendship.
Have you had to end a friendship over any of the above scenarios? If yes, what happened?
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
So take a moment, pick up your phone and make that call (yes, an actual call). Trust me, you'll be glad you did.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
An Ode to My Friend, Mary
Do you have any long-distance friends? If so, how have you managed to maintain the friendship?
Friday, April 5, 2013
Book signing on April 9th at Desert Camp Community Center from 10 am - 12 pm. I will be discussing the book, as well as signing copies ($12.95 available for purchase).
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Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Add to these several modes of communication, Twitter only allows you to tweet 140 characters, so you're limited in what you can write...which for some people, may be a good thing (you know who I'm talkin' about). What I have noticed on Twitter is that some of the tweets are filled with so many hashtags and/or shortened words, that I'm left feeling puzzled about what the tweet is about in the first place! Am I the only one?! And what is a hashtag? I seem to not fully understand Twitter - maybe I'm Twitter-challenged...
It seems we are communicating through all of these sources instead of just having one source. Remember calling someone and that being the only other form of communication besides seeing this person? I remember those days! Now I feel as if I'm trying to keep up or else I'll miss something. I can only imagine how my parents and their friends feel about the constant changing of technology. Or am I just getting old? Wait, don't answer that.
In addition, many of us are so connected to our mobile device that we're staring at that all day, instead of having real-time person to person interaction. Rather than saying, "I laughed so much last night at so and so's party," we're saying, "Your Facebook post was hysterical!" What happened to simple communication between two people instead of between everyone, including your mother and probably your third cousin. It feels chaotic to me.
In all seriousness, I'm starting to wonder how technology and social media are impacting the younger generations and their friendships. Can we truly get to know our friends through Twitter and Facebook? Is that the direction we're going - most of our communication/interaction is going to be through social media?
I believe our friendships are being affected by social media. I also believe that there are both positive and negative impacts; on one hand, we are able to connect faster and in an easier way through social media. We can share information in a matter of seconds to a great number of people. On the other hand, it seems that quality is being substituted for quantity - how many friends one has on Facebook or how many followers one has on Twitter - and so I wonder about the impact this all has on friendships. Many people would rather share exciting news through Twitter than call a friend - yes, it saves time, but our are friendships suffering due to easier ways of connecting?
What are your thoughts? If you're a Twitter/Facebook/Instagram user, how often are you on it? Is that how you keep up with your friends? How have these modes of communication impacted your friendships?