Last week, my grandfather passed away. Naturally, I posted a memorial tribute to him to Facebook with a photo of him and I and a special shout-out to him. Within minutes, I had 40+ comments from my friends on Facebook – some family, some close friends, and some people who I haven’t seen or spoke to in years.
During this difficult time, I have to say that seeing the comments and likes on my post really made me feel good. It was a great feeling knowing that so many people care enough to take time out of their busy day to comment on my post and send their condolences and well wishes. I don’t think I have talked to, or heard from some of those people in a long time. Without social media, I do not think I would have heard from all of these people. I felt like I was able to connect with these people on a personal level without actually speaking to them or seeing them in person.
To me, this is one of the best things about social media. You can connect and share things with people who you may have lost touch with over the years. It is great to be able to communicate with family that lives out of town, people I used to work with, and friends from high school and other parts of my life, and vice versa. I love being able to see my distant relatives photos and status updates to know what is going on in their lives. Although it is over a computer screen, it really is a way to come together and touch base while being apart.
Although people may be misusing or excessively using social media, I definitely think this is one of the positives about staying connected with others online.
What do you think are some more good things about social media in a personal or professional sense? Do you think social media has become one of the main ways of staying in touch with people? How do you think this will impact the future going forward?