I think that over the past few weeks I have been thinking about different issues in how social media and interpersonal communication are affected because of our digital lifestyle and reliance on so much technology.
More specifically, I was thinking about the function of the “Like” button on Facebook. What does it tell you really? That certain people are reading your posts or that people legitimately like your idea or post (just not enough to interact or reply to it). While I realize that it might not be functional or necessary to respond with a written comment or response all the time, I find myself (and others) just pushing the “Like” button and continuing to scroll.
I think that inside all of us is a desire to be liked, and even loved by some people. Social media (including blogs) has removed a lot of the need and ability to communicate more deeply, and also made some people cynical as to how much another person might actually like or appreciate them. My suggestion for a solution is to really think of others and how to interact with them more than the casual “Like” on a status, but to actually make time to hang out with those people (when it’s practical to do so- I understand the impact of long distances on relationships). I know that I’m making it one of my goals in the next few months to appreciate and spend time with people who I have had more of a friendship on Facebook than in real life with. I pray that God would help all of our relationships grow and reflect his love and care for others.