Being connected in a fragmented world

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Much has been said about how impersonal – or even cruel – social media can be. That certainly is the case many times over, but social media can also be a way in which to stay connected with those you care about but with whom you are not able to get together as frequently as you would like.

That is the case for me.

I currently have 60 Facebook (FB) friends, most of whom are those who are close friends and family members. I’ve never felt I needed to post ginormous numbers of friends in order to be a valid Facebook user; I’ve just always been thrilled to be able to follow the lives of those with whom I have a history.

When I first opened my FB account I sent friend requests to everyone I could find on the site. One of those was my daughter, Erin, who indicated that she preferred to keep her FB life separate from her mother/daughter life. I totally got that – and still do – so Erin and I aren’t FB friends but we communicate so much, we always know what’s the latest and greatest in each of our lives.

It’s just this year that my FB family has been enlarged; I’m reaching out to my nieces and nephews and other fabulous family members who – when I first started on FB – were quite a bit younger than they are now. And joy of all joys, they’re reaching out to me! Quite frankly, I figured why would the younger set care about what this geezer-in-the-making is doing with herself? Turns out, they do care, and it’s been glorious, and I certainly care about what they’re doing. The added benefit is that when we do get together, I’ll be far better acquainted with them because we’ve stayed connected on an ongoing basis.

Connecting with others – having contact with them – tears down walls that need not exist. I’ll leave you with a quote from The Power of Kindness about what lack of connection can result in:

We can also do the opposite: build walls, as well as find ourselves in front of others’ walls, and decide that this is an easier, more practical way to live . . . Distance may be safer. But our lives are poorer without the nourishment that these people can give – nourishment in the form of stimuli, different points of view, fresh emotions.

The incapacity of being in touch with others can become a tragedy of solitude. We become our own prisoners.

No thank you.



5 thoughts on “Being connected in a fragmented world

    Theresa Hupp said:
    April 14, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    I’m under strict instructions from my daughter as to what I can and cannot post on her Facebook page and those of my nieces. I try to abide by her rules. But what do I do when my daughter’s friends friend me?


      Irene Olson responded:
      April 14, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      I guess you accept their friendship. Keep in mind, being a FB friend is different from following them. If you Follow a FB friend, their posts will appear on your FB timeline. There are some people I’m friends with that I don’t Follow but I check in with their Timelines to see what’s going on in their lives. If I followed EVERYONE, my Timeline would be too lengthy.

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        Theresa Hupp said:
        April 14, 2017 at 4:12 pm

        I do friend them back. And I follow almost everyone.

        But as you say, many updates get lost is the long timeline.


    Jill Weatherholt said:
    April 12, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Facebook has its pros and cons, I suppose. I’ve blocked many who spew hatred.

    Liked by 1 person

      Irene Olson responded:
      April 12, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      Absolutely. I guess that’s why I have so few FB friends, I’m selective.

      Liked by 1 person

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