Social Media like Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter etal are just venues of entertainment. We like to call the people we follow here friends to some extent or another, particularly on Facebook, but the reality is that these are places we go to entertain or distract or ourselves.
I was thinking about that and then it occurred to me – so are our real life friends. We go out with or call our friends to entertain and distract ourselves. Social Media just makes that a less cumbersome process.
And just like Real Life, social media can fulfill the deeper parts of friendship – it can provide emotional support and advice in a crisis. It can provide a romantic connection. It can lead to casual sexual encounters.
The biggest difference is that there are FAR FAR more connections on the internet than can be maintained in real life. In other words – the ability to use social media as a distracting and entertaining element is far more effective than real life humans. Yeah Internet!