“The word friend may very well be the most misunderstood word in the world.” Facebook is one of the more aggressive social media sites when it comes to friend requests.
Social media opened our eyes to a plethora of people’s worst emotional struggles. One struggle in particular warrants attention in my opinion. It’s the issue of people starving for attention, acceptance and what they deem as friendships. Some people really go off the deep-end with this, acting as if people they befriend on social networks become actual friends. This thing about ‘friends’ and how many you have on sites like #Facebook has taken on a life of its own. I wouldn’t be surprised if some Facebook ERS are losing sleep over not having a lot of #Facebook friends.
It’s unbelievable how many people actually give credence to the number of friends they have on social networks like Facebook. I chose to use Facebook as an example because it’s fueled by members hunger to amass so-called friends in large numbers. However, even though Twitter pushes getting ‘followers’, the concept and end-goal are the same. Tweeters tweet to get followers.
The word friend should never be used “all willy nilly or taken lightly.” There’s no way anybody on earth could realistically have more than a few ‘ride or die’ friends. In fact, you’re lucky if you have one person you can truly call a friend.
“A friend never intentionally hurts you, either by word or deed and will take your secrets to the grave. If you know anything about Facebook posts, that kind of friends consistently takes the F out of the friend.
The kinda friend I’m talking about could never be confused for an associate, buddy or friend with Fringe benefits. This friend stands by you through thick N thin. They cherish your life as much as their own. A true friend is also a life- long friend, regardless of one’s perspective geographic, or pattern of communication.
I’m so thankful to God for blessing me with at least one loyal lifelong friend and with a few more worth their weight in gold….and who have always been there for me and me for them.
I do not take this blessing of true friendships for granted and know my life could have been different.
The most important lesson I’ve learned about friends is that, ” friend requests” aren’t necessary or relevant in real relationships; and quantity even in friends never represent quality.