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One of the main problems with developing online relationships is that you can never be really sure if the information provided by someone is true or not. Many people tend to fill their profile page with false information in order to grab other people’s attention. This is something you need to be aware of while interacting with someone online.

Social networking websites also give people a chance to share mundane stuff with each other. You can tell people about anything – from the color of your cat’s eyes to the robe you bought recently. You can discuss anything – why Firefly got cancelled and Dancing with the Stars is still on the air, where to get free massages, how to save money on shoes, and pretty much any other topic you can think of.

The only problem with all this mundane, fluff information is that not everyone finds it interesting. For example, if you are an elderly person looking to connect with people of your age, you may be surprised at the sheer volume of ‘nothingness’ or ‘void’ that can be found on the Facebook walls of many people.  

Even when it comes to young people, there is a threshold or limit to the amount of ‘fluff’ information they can handle. After a certain point, they simply do not care to know more and prefer to have brief, meaningless conversations with each other rather than trying to have long, meaningful conversations. So, if you are looking to develop meaningful relationships, you need to be aware of the potential downsides of information overload.

Reaching Out For People You Care About

Social media, at the end of the day, is a platform to meet and connect with people of varied interests. You can choose to develop shallow, meaningless relationships that can be just as easily broken as they are formed or develop real, meaningful relationships with people you feel connected to.

You can choose to keep things simple and form virtual relationships that do not require any effort or choose to reach out for the people you care about and develop a long lasting bond. The choice, as always, is yours.