Last weekend I was blessed with the company of three of my closest friends who came from Sydney to visit me in Melbourne. We ate, drank, laughed, cried with laughter, exchanged glances and shared expressions that can only be relayed in their true form face-to-face. Of these three lovely ladies, there are none with whom I communicate frequently via social media – we don’t tweet daily or Facebook regularly. Some days we don’t even connect but we are closer than ever because the true connection lies in the time we have spent together. Nothing beats face-time. Not even social media.
Sure, you can make and maintain valuable relationships via social media (I sure have) but taking online offline, meeting someone (or even phone conversations) cements these connections; or can cut all ties depending on the motivation for connecting. Getting to know a person’s facial expressions, tone of voice, intonations and mannerisms will, for me, win hands down as the preferred method of communication every time.