This essay is the winner of our Essay Writing Contest 2014
As I log onto Instagram, I view posts from friends I met at a business conference as they prepare for university and spend their last free summer exploring the world. I see people celebrating their friends on Woman Crush Wednesday and Man Crush Monday. Summer camp buddies share their exploration of the world, ranging from Colorado to Haiti. People commemorate their accomplishments and are congratulated in kind. Even without much discussion, I feel connected to people as they share their experiences, dreams, and achievements. With its amazing ability to link people from a variety of places in a variety of ways, social media allows a whole new level of association between people.
Never before in time has there such a connection between people and their friends. “Long ago” (or, the days before instant internet access), people would have to phone their friends to see if they could possibly hang out, or even walk to their friend’s house, not knowing if the trip was for naught, with the friend busy for whatever reason. Nowadays, plans can be made instantaneously, and friends can even share events such as broadcasted award shows and television episodes via text, Facebook chat, and Twitter. Never before has a friendship been so easy to foster. Even just exchanging a username with an unknown person in class can lead to a new friend in a few clicks of a button. Social media has made it easier to make friends and interact with them, whether the interaction is by way of the internet, a phone, or the classic visits to each other’s house, now made easy by texts and Facebook messages that will allow the friend to inform you that they are available.
Social media has also led to the development of friendships based on common interests. The mid-90s saw the development of public forums where people could discuss their interests, ranging from politics to anime, and build connections off of that. Nowadays, Facebook and Google groups, Tumblr, and the Twitter hashtag system allow people to discover others with similar interests from around the world. While not all of these connections may lead to a friendship, online friends can be as fulfilling as a “real-life” friendship, yet this friendship is also one that could not exist without social media. Social media provides for people with uncommon interests, or people who simply do not have friends that share common interests, to express their passion alongside others.
With the access to people around the globe that social media provides, it is not surprising to see increasing globalization as the younger generations, and even their tech-savvy parents, are introduced to new cultures, mindsets, and news and information that would be foreign and out-of-reach to them without the worldwide union social media provides. Even globalization relates back to friendships, allowing people from across the globe to develop long-lasting friendships. Although pen pals existed pre-social media, the development of new communication technologies allows for a quicker connection between people, fostering an even greater sense of friendship.
Some have said that social media makes people more self-centered; yet, it seems to be just the opposite. People are able to join with others in their triumphs, give them sympathy when needed, and share laughs. None of that seems self-centered. Perhaps it is the selfie craze or people making note of their accomplishments that makes people think this about social media. However, in the age where low self-esteem is prevalent among the younger demographics, I see social media as the cure, not the disease. Friends are able to compliment others for victories they might not otherwise be rewarded for. Even selfies, as trivial and stupid as some may view them, can help someone increase their self-esteem, especially if their friends “like” or retweet the photo. That’s worth something, and, if celebrating yourself and others is self-centered, I hope to see a lot more of it.
Social media allows people to live life and experience friendships to the fullest, whether it be by connecting people from around the globe, allowing people instant access to their friends, providing for the sharing of goals and achievements, and allowing us to view people we might ignore in a whole new light.
By Carol Scott
An excellent friend is a person we enjoy spending time with. A good friend is not only someone to talk to about the interests, but also someone who is willing to listen to the opinions and keep all secrets. We cannot expect friends to accept everything, but they should respect the rights of one each otherand have their own ideas. It is easy to be friends with many people, but good friends are the ones whom we always depend on and we cherish the happy moments spent together. qualities that make a friend a best friend.
What are these qualities that everyone should look for in a person to be considered as an excellent friend? It does not depend on how cute a person is not does it depend on wealth, but there are more important qualities in a person in order to be a best friend. Qualities you might want in a friend could be range from, someone you can relate with, to someone that is the complete opposite of you…. Once upon a time there lived two friends in a certain village. They professed great love for each other and had sworn to help each others, in the hour of need.
Once day they set out on journey to a far off village, on the other said of a forest. When they reached the thickest part of the forest, a big dangerous bear appeared form behind a terr. It was so near that they could not run away. They decided to defend themselves with their sticks if the bear attacked them. In a minute or two the bear came very close to them. One of the friends at once jumped up a tree. He forgot his promise to help his friend and left him at the mercy of the beast. The other friends had no time to climb up a tree.
The noise his friend had made while jumping on the tree brought the bear running to that place. So the unfortunate friends fell on the ground and holding his breath pretended to be dead. The bear sniffed at him for some time and went his way. When the bear had disappeared, the friend on the tree climbed down. He shook his friend and told him that the danger was over. Then he asked, “By the way, what did the bear say is your ear?. The betrayed friends was really angry.
He retorted,” The bear told me that a friend in need is a friend indeed. ” Saying this, he said good buy to his companion and walked away. rst, it is easy to find abundant sources that make you entertaining and fun around you, but it is hard to find a true friend who can give you a hand when you are in need. What do you do when you are bored? You probably turn on the computer and play games or surf internet. Also, you can go outside play some sport. You do not need to have friend just for fun because there are many other activities to entertain you. However, what can you do, when you are in need of something that you cannot do it without some help from others? That is when you need a friend who can give you help when you need it.
But when you need help, you need someone to help you. Like, in a school, you are absent one day, and teacher is going to discuss important materials for next test in class. No one really can help you to get that information even parents cannot do this for you. On the other hand, your good friend in your class can help you to have the information. He or she help you to understand the material and give you a note to copy. This shows that it is more important to select a friend who can help you when I need it whereas there are a number of source which can replace a pal whom you can have fun with.
There is nothing better than surrounded by good friends. You may look at some people and their friends with envy as they chat away happily and participate in activities together. It may be hard to figure out which friends are better when considering the friends who can have fun with and the friends that can get help from. From my perspective, the people who are willing to help me in the crisis time are much more cherished than who just want to stay with me to have fun.