Facebook creates a common language for friends
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We (husband and I) attended the wedding of two college friends a few months ago. The two of us attended with many college friends we hadn’t “seen” in years.
However, it didn’t feel strange seeing and interacting with these people. Why? I am “friends” with them on Facebook and although we have not physically been in the same space we all felt connected. In fact, many of us began interactions with, “I saw on Facebook you’re…”
I remember learning in an interpersonal communications course that the number one reason long distance relationships don’t work is because people lose a common language (i.e. inside jokes, day-to-day happenings, etc). Through our concerted use of a social network, we had a new common language despite not seeing one another.
The common language is what kept the relationship in tact and allowed for us to bypass the awkward “so what have you been up to the last six years” questions.
Have you experienced something similar?