500 friends on Facebook! Wahoo! And thirty people like my photo. Excellent.
It makes us feel good, our online presence. Sometimes, our photos and posts even serve a purpose, like a business connection or noticing an old neighbor.
But, what they make less time for are the true interactions that make us happy and healthy people.
So, don't forget about those real friends. The ones that come over for dinner at a moment's notice or have your back when you're having a rough time. Here are three critical reasons we all need to put deep friendships over online acquaintances.
Plus, check out: How to Make New Friends for more on building friendships
1. Friends Support Us in Times of Need
Life is beautiful. But it's also chaotic and sometimes messy. We get down and go through serious hardships. It's much better to go through those hardships with a support group. And, no, an online support group is not the same. They can't hold your tissues for you or give you a hug when you need it. Physical proximity is key.
2. Deep Conversations
Most online connections tend to be superficial. They make us feel good in the short term but have very little long term value. If you want a great quality of life, you should have a deep conversation with someone that brings you joy every single day. Most often, that takes frequent face to face interaction.
3. Create Life Experiences
Finally, real friendships give us memories and adventures to fill our days.
When you sit down with your grandkids and they ask about your life, what will you tell them? Will you have stories of a life well-lived?
Go on trips with your friends, even if it's just to a new store or restaurant. Life is about experiences, and online friends can't give you that.
Technology is fantastic when used correctly, but we tend to overrate our online friends and discount our real ones. Be sure that you're putting deep and meaningful before shallow and superficial when it comes to your life.