The Twitter community celebrates “Internet Friends Day” to give thanks to all people met in the internet. Netizens make the hashtag #InternetFriendsDay a top trending topic on the platform.
Social media has connected people around the world in the fastest and most convenient way possible, transcending the confines of time and space. Various platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and all other platforms congregate strangers who share the same interests on some topics.
Sometimes the people thousands of miles away from you, can make you feel better than the people right beside you.
— Orlando ??? (@TeamLando) February 14, 2017
— seokjin pics (@seokingpics) February 14, 2017
Making online friends has been a long trend since the invention of the internet. Dating sites on the last decade made interracial marriages normal occurrence. Gamers from different online games gather online and enjoy the camaraderie they have in their guilds, parties, or whatever ground when fighting monsters or wars.
By the time online friends meet, they will most likely become real friends.
— Sabb ?? (@caratfangirl) February 14, 2017
— ?kelli? (@InvisibleOlivia) February 14, 2017
— lynds (@seandrinks) February 14, 2017
Today is #InternetFriendsDay and I couldn't be happier. I don't know what I would do without these people, they keep me from exploding.
— Team DNCE (@loveadamjosephj) February 14, 2017
— alexis (@bunnykookk) February 14, 2017
— ?? DAY? (@kitsuten) February 14, 2017
However, social media also can produce a lot of enemies. Some people will comment harshly about your personal life, family, or any sensitive part of your life without even knowing the whole picture. Strangers can easily judge anyone online and even resort to cyber bullying and death threats.
Having a profile online can have some social implications about that “ideal” person you want to show everyone, but if are true to yourself and proud of it, true friends are possible online.
In the end, it is truly warming that the internet community can gather people with the same interests and talk about certain topics to their hearts’ content. This is something normally wont be done in actual society without squeezing yourself with all those hassle. After all, while it is great to have online friends, it is also important not to forget those who are directly around us.