I remember as a child growing up in the city of Lagos, Nigeria. Honking cars, children running around in their undies rolling ‘wheels’ around, some looking over their parents small corner shops, some playing ‘police and thief’, or those playing soccer on the street running back and forth between carefree drivers. This is the typical day in the life of a kid in my day — real relationships, real people. Fast foward to this age, we now have computers, real people and fake relationships. Social networks and the fast lif, the culture and the education, all keeps making us further away from real people and real relationships.
Facebook, MySpace, hi5, Twitter etc. in all the names they come, how much have them become integrated into our life. Nowr, all this have made every lives an open book, we have now all become superficial. Of course, it helps in increasing your network, so has it helped in increasing our fallacies.
Facebook asks: "What is on your mind?", Twitter wonders "what are you doing?", and we answer to them all, we’re are fake.
Everytime I log into Facebook, I see people in smiling faces in the ‘Photo’ section, ‘in a relationship’, and 500 and something friends, great! But wait, when we see this folk in the real world, they seem lonelier than a fire hydrant. Where are the real relationships? Where are the real happy faces, when would we want to portray the we we are — obvious not a gap social networks will be bridging soon.
Social netoworks and real human relationship I consider them compliments not replacements. I’m looking forward to having us develop true and real friendship, not the kind that relies on a give-and-take. I time when your best friend is not your computer screen but a being with flesh and blood.