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?