Socially Networked-How many do you have ?
Social networking seems to be the in thing these days . Everybody ,myself included, has a “profile” in one (if not more ) of these social networking sites.Orkut, Facebook, Linkedin -you name it ! Some of the things what you can do to your contacts : scrap, slap, ,poke,pimp (??) ,write on walls ….
The main theme is expanding your network. But i feel that idea is rather over-exploited because all we do is keep adding people as connections-people whom we hardly know. I know folks whose contacts list exceeds 700. Well , the point is, whats the use of adding people if you don’t know them ? Testing the ‘6 degrees of separation’ theory is definitely not a reason.
Interestingly, the ‘e-friends’ made online are higher than the friends whom you physically know. But such an online existence does raise some questions in my mind- Would you really be comfortable meeting that friend’s friend’s friend of yours in person ? Would you consult him/her for advice as you would ask your school/ college mate/colleague ? Would you invite him for your marriage ? Heck, Will you remember his details if the Orkut server is dead ?
Everything said and done, these online avatars do give people a chance to do things that they cannot in real life- a place where everyone is a King or a Queen.
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