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Online friends are great

There is something interesting – almost empowering – going on at least in my life.

Ok, ok, so I spend a lot of time on Facebook. Not much on other social media but I’m going to venture to guess that it is pretty much the same.
Turns out that I have a lot of “friends” from a wide range of countries. As in all over the world. No I have not actually met them…but there are several that I would love to! Honestly though, in the truest sense of the word many of these people have become friends.

Oh what a fun trip I could have traveling the world and meeting these wonderful, wonderful people! People that I honestly feel lucky and privileged to be able to call friends.

So I had actually begun writing this post the other day but sort of got side tracked. I came back to it today because of a posting that a “friend” of mine shared…which I of course had to also share.

It stated:

“Your cellphone has replaced your watch, camera, calendar and alarm clock.

Don’t let it replace your friends and family.”

~NotSalmon.com

It is true that our cellphones, computers and other electronic devices have replaced many other things in our lives.

And I so very much agree that it should absolutely not replace your friends and family. How terrible would that be?

Yet at the same time our electronic devices have allowed us to meet people from all walks of life, from all corners of the world. Our cellphones have allowed us to learn what life might be like for people in other parts of the world. We have the opportunity to now see the beauty that others see in their world.i-love-my-computer-all-my-f

But one of the interesting things, at least for me, is to realize that my country (the US) is certainly not the only one that is going through their problems. And by that I mostly mean political. We are not the only country that has the crazy politicians who think they are better than everyone else, when in fact they may be worse than everyone else.

Having these friends from all over the world has also made me realize how little of the world many of the people I know in real life know about the world. They don’t understand (and many don’t care) about things that go on in other countries.

And yet, what I see from these online friends is how much they know about the world they live in. Not just their own country but of other counties…especially the US. In fact many of my friends in other parts of the world seem to know and understand what is happening in this country better than many people living here do.

Some things that take place in other countries could actually benefit the US if we attempted them. One thing I love is that in Australia there is a huge campaign going on to help eliminate domestic violence. I love the campaign and yet I see nothing even close to it going on in the US.

And I wonder how many of my “real life” friends know that it is election day (October 19) in Canada? They are our closest neighbor and yet so few people know anything about that country that is so very close to us.

Yes, cell phones and other electronic devices have replaced oh so many things in our daily lives. And no we most certainly do not want our phones to replace our family and friends. But in many ways our lives can be enhanced by the internet and the new friends that can be made through various activities.

Those friends…and yes they most certainly are friends…that I have met that live not only throughout my own country of the US but in all parts of world mean so very much to me. I do cherish those friendships as I do believe many have grown into true friendships. And personally I can’t wait for the day that I somehow am able to meet these new and wonderful friends of mine.

What about you? Have you made some friends online that you would love to meet in real life some day?

Joyfully yours,
Kendra

8 Responses to Online friends are great

  1. Al Clunnie November 11, 2015 at 2:43 am #

    I 100% rely on some of my online friends who I’ve never met for things that my “real friends” sometimes can’t offer- such as the support on my own entrepreneurial journey. I have a group of like-minded people that I talk to regularly and we motivate each other in so many ways.

    • Kendra November 11, 2015 at 6:15 pm #

      Absolutely agree Al! The online entrepreneur groups are great for that kind of support and I too have “met” some fantastic people in them. People that I can honestly call friends.

  2. Jane Manthorpe November 8, 2015 at 8:09 pm #

    The online world has given me access to wonderful relationships and I have had the pleasure of getting to meet in person a few of the people I know online. I think without technology, like our iPhones and computers we would be less informed of what is going on in the world. Lately, I was waiting on news of a friend out in Africa working as an aid worker for the Ebola outbreak and found out the outbreak is no longer active. It was quick and easy to find out. I also got to meet again my friend who I had met online way back.

    I also have made many great international connections for my business and be able to take online courses to help me build my business. One day my plan is to meet them all.

    But saying that, there is nothing like switching off and having a long conversation and day out with a friend locally without technology and enjoying just being with this person. Technology can be useful but its good to know when to turn it off and connect with your true local friends. Don’t forget them.

    • Kendra November 8, 2015 at 9:36 pm #

      How lucky you are to have been able to meet a few of your online friends in person. It is certainly one thing that I hope to be able to do one day as well.

      You are oh so right about knowing when and how to switch things off and have real conversations with our real life friends. Those are absolutely priceless.

  3. Emma Lions November 6, 2015 at 6:16 pm #

    Thank you for this post. You are absolutely right. The biggest benefit of online friendships for me has to do with community. My daughter was born with a cleft lip and palate and through Facebook, I’ve been able to develip friendships with other cleft families around the world. It a wonderful experience to be able to share surgeries etc with others who truly understand what I’m going through even though they’re a world away.
    As an Aussie, you’re right about our domestic violence campaign. It could change the world if other countries did something similar. Far too many women and children die each year from domestic violence (I should add men as well because while the numbers are small, men do suffer from domestic violence as well).

    • Kendra November 8, 2015 at 9:59 am #

      Oh Emma how wonderful to find others that truly understand what you are going through with your daughter. It is only those that have been through or are going through something similar that can truly say they understand what you are feeling.

      the domestic violence campaign is so important and yes, it should be done in every single country around the world in order to help anyone and everyone that is in that situation.

  4. Grace November 6, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

    Great points. It’s all about balance – gaining the benefits of technology without letting it take over our lives. I love the wide access to information that the internet affords me, and like you’ve said, people as well. In February I got to meet for the first time an online friend I have had for the past 11 years. It really surprised me how familiar he felt in person almost instantly. It’s an incredible opportunity to have.

    • Kendra November 8, 2015 at 10:02 am #

      Oh I’m so jealous, Grace that you were able to meet one of your online friends! While many people talk about the way technology is hurting us (and in some ways I agree), like you I love the information and the friendships that can be made. friendships that would never have happened without the technology of today!

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