What Is A Friend? Essay

821 Words Nov 1st, 2015 4 Pages
What is a friend? Is it the person you just happened to meet last night that friended you on Facebook? Or is it the person who has been with you through thick and thin and has always had your back? In today’s world, it has become harder and harder for people to decipher which of these vastly different people are their “friends”. The label “friend’ has become devalued and used so much that the line has become blurred between a companion and an acquaintance. In modern America 25% of people do not even have one close friend who they can confide in. This is caused by three things. The increase popularity of social media, the busyness of modern American lives, and the over usage of technological devices in a social setting. First off, social media is a wonderful tool that can be used to connect with people and stay in touch with long distance friends. However, when used in excess, it can become detrimental to your friendships. On the social media platform Facebook, everyone who you connect with is labeled as a “friend”, even if you don’t even know them in person. Consequently, you can acquire hundreds of “friends”, which can eventually lead to the amount of “friends” you have becoming a bragging right. This leads to an increase in “social connectivity”, but not personal connectivity. Social media has shifted the focus from increasing your relationship to your own “round table” of close friends, to increasing your association with a crowd. It is much easier to click a button…

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