As modern technology continues to develop and grow, it offers both positive and negative intricacies to our friendships. On one hand, we can easily keep in touch with friends who live far away. We can share articles, videos, photos, etc. in a matter of seconds. We can discuss the latest news, both worldly and personally, as fast as we can send a text. Social media, tablets, and smart phones allow us to stay in each other’s lives. But on the other hand, with all the benefits, we also face special challenges.

We should use modern technology as a tool to stay connected, not as the only means of friendship. We must still place high value on face-to-face interactions. We should be present with the person who is physically there, and appreciate their time with us. Relationships are built on interaction and connection. The best way to grow a friendship is to be present, both mentally and physically. True friendships are focused on the individuals, the bond between them, and mutual love and respect. These are at the core, and technology can never replace that.

Smart phones are a vital piece of technology in the modern world, but when we are together with our friends, we need to make the conscious effort to not reach for our phones. Sometimes it is simply a habit to check text messages or emails, but we must enjoy the time we have together. We must be there for our friends with loyalty and dependability. No interruptions – just true friendship.

social mediaAnother modern technology that has a major influence on friendships is social media. Social media is our connection to others and, in a broader sense, the world. With how fast we can connect to others and how fast others can connect with us, we need to take special considerations. With life events and special announcements, we need to keep in mind that some things need to be told personally before it is posted. Our loved ones will be hurt if they discover important information through the internet first. Also, we must not let “likes” control our lives. “Likes” are not a measure of our worth or representative of our friends.

We must all use moderation and balance when it comes to our connection with our friends and the connection we have to modern technology. As long as we focus on the love we share and prioritize our relationships, modern technology can benefit our interactions. Real, true friendships should always come first.

Quotes for Reflection:

“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.”
– Thomas Aquinas

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
– Marcel Proust

“A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.”
– Saint Basil

“Friends… they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams.”
– Henry David Thoreau

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