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Do social networks really connect people?

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Nov 29 in Internet by Kninjanin (1,902 points)
edited Nov 29 by Kninjanin

After a few years on social networks, I realize that they do not connect people. Most people are satisfied with online commuication. People I know rarely contact me and most of them I can contact without social networks, on street and bus, via phone, email and messengers. When we try to meet new people via social networks, we can find many fake and rude people. People I find on social networks are not interested to meet me outside of social networks.

I started to use Internet when I was 20 and I use social networks since my 25th year. I wanted to see how social networks can be useful but I see that they are not useful.

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Rooster Nov 30

I have to totally agree with the others , guy! I've met some really nice people here and on a couple of other sites but have only met one in real life. I think people prefer to stay private nowadays and talking on the net whether it be a social network or Skype or whatever is about as close as you'll ever get to meeting any of them. I see them useful for the fact that you can communicate with people all over the world. I've met and talked with people from the gaming Forums also. I've met people from the U.S., Switzerland, Belgium,Netherlands, Norway, England, Portugal , Pakistan, India and a few others also. But the chances of ever meeting them face to face? About a million to one. If I had my way? I would like to meet all the people on this site but I highly doubt it will ever happen. It's the nature of the net. Meet and talk online and leave it at that.

Besides, you never know who is real and who is not! Social networks and Q&A and Opinion sites can be fun to make a few online friends but it's best to leave it at that. They are useful for fun and information but not for meeting people. Just have fun out there and don't get too attached to any one person and enjoy yourself.

Marianne Nov 30

I am afraid that like in real life, you need time to learn to know people, but on-line, you need to take many precautions regarding your and your friends' and contacts' private data, as there are too many people of all kinds there - and on Internet, all the distances and differences seem to have disappeared and might blur reality.

And looking for potential friends or dates on-line, as much as with professional contacts, involves certain precautions.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/love-sex/safer-internet-day-7-dating-tips-from-an-expert-valentines-day-apps-a6862846.html

https://lifehacker.com/5845900/how-to-use-the-internet-to-investigate-your-next-date-co-worker-or-new-friend-to-ensure-theyre-not-crazy

https://www.7cups.com/qa-loneliness-38/what-are-the-pros-and-cons-of-making-friends-online-5941/


And feeling betrayed or misunderstood by friends occurs also in real life:

https://classroom.synonym.com/over-disappointment-friendship-19087.html


Virginia Nov 30

Hi Kninjanin, you know, Marianne has given you some comments that I really agree with very much.

I have made a few lasting friendships on the Q/A sites, but very few - even though I have really enjoyed wonderful conversations with lots of people. And these are people I will prolly never meet, as they are far away and we are all fairly old now, for example one online friend is in Australia. 

Also, on Facebook I actually lost a friend who I knew in person in my own town, because I did not understand how to operate the 'poke' button and she got offended! So I myself don't take the social networks very seriously.

Kninjanin Virginia Dec 1

Sometimes, I write to someone to come to Serbia if he/she wants, but it has never happen.

TheOtherTink Nov 30

As a general rule, few real-life connections are made through social networks, although I have known of some.

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