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I know it's been a while since you wrote this but I just reread it as I think about writing a blog post about the "being human" part of social media. The fact is that we may not know our social media friends as they truly are but it's rare that we know our real world friends -- really know them -- either. Maybe there are 1 or 2 people who we feel we know really well but virtually no one reveals everything and people are not predictable, so you're bound to be surprised by even your close friends once in a while. There are circles of friends in social and in real life from the close emanating out to the bare acquaintances. My closest friends moved away 15 and 20 years ago and the relationship can never be the same. I know it was a blow to many when Trey committed suicide. That kind of thing makes us question everything we know but the truth is, we really never know what goes on in the minds of other people, even when we are close. Social media "friends" give us the opportunity to find a far flung person and bring that person close, in spite of the legions of false friends that we create in the process.
3 years ago on Social Media, Pretend Friends, and the Lie of False Intimacy