I began using Facebook I came to college. My parents did not let me get a Facebook account until I came to school here at Southeastern. When I started a Facebook I was rushed with a lot of emotions, per say. First, it was a brand new experience and I was like a kid in a candy store as it was all-new to me and I couldn’t wait to see what every little thing did. People were all surprised when I had one because I hadn’t for the longest time. It was great adding all my friends from high school and being able to stay in touch with them through my college years. However, I quickly found out that they did not want as much of that as I did, and I slowly lost touch with them, which resulted in no longer being Facebook friends and being connected with them. However, with the many more friends I have made through my years in college I use Facebook for what it’s meant for and keeping in touch with my friends from Florida.
I use social media for primarily that, keeping in touch with friends and making new ones. I am a part of many social websites, from Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Dailybooth. I have met a slew of amazing people and some of my closest friends are from the internet who I haven’t met yet. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t my friends. I use the social media for that purpose mostly. I make new friends, grow close to them, and know that they are going to be friends for life.
I have a Tumblr to keep my thoughts down somewhere and post whatever is on my mind, and what I love in life. I have it so that I can look back at it in the future and remember the struggles and great times I went through and how I got to where I am now, and in the future. I just started going through it from the very beginning when I started it over two years ago, and I’ve come across so many memories and things I loved back then, which is the main reason I wanted to start it. I have met incredible people via Tumblr, from just starting to message each other back and forth, to playing games of Words With Friends with each other, to becoming Facebook friends, to meeting in person at Universal Studios, and now being some of the closest friends I have ever had.
A lot of the people I have met on the Internet via various social media websites like the ones I listed know me better than a lot of my “IRL” (in real life) friends. It really bothers me when people say that Internet friends aren’t real friends and don’t know you, because I beg to differ, completely. Without the friends I have made via the Internet, I don’t know where I would be or who I would be right now.
The social media helps me a lot in many ways, and I am very thankful for it.