Now that the world has gone bonkers, I think gaining and winning friends by the present generation sits quite fine and okeydokey with me. Generation now would consider that the minimum requirements for at least two human beings to be considered as friends is that they have to have a photo together posted on social media or that one has clicked accept a Facebook invite by the other.
Though I am truly glad that I am not part of this peculiar “friendship” scheme. I think I would still recognize and accept such a modern way of developing friendships for the mere fact that such scheme and pattern is positive.
It is totally different from the way how friendship develops and flourish during my young though not so vibrant time. Friendship development and occurrences then were face-to-face, non-tech, unknowing, fluid, extemporaneous and does not require having an avatar.
I am not saying that those that I connect with via social media or the world-wide-web as not friends. They are indeed! But it could have been more enhanced if I happen to at least smell or touch these new found friends. Yeah, I am a touchy person (and not a smelly one)! And I would have love to have at least a coffee or dinner with these new found comrades.
Case in point are the new found friends I developed while writing and posting on this blog. These are the amazing and beautiful people who cared to read, like, comment and/or follow the Nengkoy blog. Conversing via the comment sections and responding to emails, believe it or not, has been very fascinating and enriching experiences. Some don’t even have a face since their avatar would be a painting, a cartoon character or the photo of their favorite pet yet I would consider them as my modern virtual friends.
And since, like what I have said, the world has gone bonkers, you may not know it, but I have had a coffee with your avatar in the past few days! Hahaha!
Finding new friends is positive and in the affirmative, whichever way a person achieves it would be so fine with me.