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The Meaning of "Friendship"


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How has the meaning of friendship changed with the huge advancements in technology and social media? This presentation looks deeper into this idea and some of the dangers associated with it.

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The Meaning of "Friendship"

  1. 1. The Meaning of “Friendship”…<br />Created byJoanna Holland<br />image by Beeeeezzz: flickr<br />
  2. 2. According to the World English Dictionary ‘friendship’ is defined as:<br />“a person known well to another and regarded with liking, affection, and loyalty.” <br />image by KıvançNiş: flickr<br />
  3. 3. The average person is estimated to have2-5close friends in which they can confide in, as well as up to 50 people which one can know fairly well and interact with on a semi-regular basis. <br />image bycraigallyni: flickr<br />
  4. 4. But, the average facebook user has 130 confirmed “friends”...<br />
  5. 5. The definition of friendly, which originated from the word friend is:<br />“comforting, warm, kind and pleasant. On good or affectionateterms” <br />image bydantaylor: flickr<br />
  6. 6. Are you “friendly” with all of your “friends” onfacebook?<br />image by perminant_vacation: flickr<br />
  7. 7. How has the definition of friendship changed with the integration ofsocial media into our everyday lives? What kind of relationships do people have with their hundreds of facebook “friends”?<br />image by Grant MacDonald: flickr<br />
  8. 8. Social media allows you to stay in contact with friends and family much more easily than ever before. <br />image by sb4life: flickr<br />
  9. 9. But just because these contacts are easier to keep, doesn’t mean they are sincere. <br />Studies have actually shown that college students today are 40% less empathetic then they were in 1979.<br />image byConor Cook: flickr<br />
  10. 10. Imagine living in a world without empathy. <br />image by Gabludlow:flickr<br />
  11. 11. Caring for others is what makes us human.<br />image bykiyosjibe: flickr<br />
  12. 12. We need to take the time to look at who we are opening up our lives to online. Make sure these people are truly your friends.<br />People you actually care about. <br />image byGrant MacDonald: flickr<br />
  13. 13. Blogger, Hal Niedzviecki decided to invite all of his 700 facebook friends out to reconnect at a bar.<br />On the night of the event, he showered, shaved and was excited for the night ahead.<br />But to his dismay…<br />image bymariobraune: flickr<br />
  14. 14. ONE person showed up.<br />image bybrainburger: flickr<br />
  15. 15. “Friending” those who you barely know can pose many serious dangers. <br />image bychego101: flickr<br />
  16. 16. Many users accept friend requests from people whose profiles they deem “friend-worthy” without even knowing them. <br />image byDr Criag: flickr<br />
  17. 17. Some facebook users have malicious intents. <br />imageby m.schulman: flickr<br />
  18. 18. Mark Dice, author of a book that outlines the dangers of facebook, shares a lot of shocking information about some of these intentions.<br />image byBeeeeezzz: flickr<br />
  19. 19. He talks about many cases of burglars who use information people post on facebook about their travel plans to gain knowledge about when their houses will be empty, just waiting for an easy break in.<br />image byFeral Indeed!: flickr<br />
  20. 20. The more frightening part is that most of the time, these criminals are facebook “friends” with the victims which allows them access to all the personal information they need. <br />image by David Ashford: flickr<br />
  21. 21. Somepolice departments and potential future employers create false facebook accounts to look at your online activity. <br />image byhoorveraardvark: flickr<br />
  22. 22. Mark Dice also created Defriend Day, occuring on whichever day you are reading this. <br />A day to go through your list of facebook “friends” and get rid of anyone who has no good reason to be there. Only those you know and trust should have access to your personal information.<br />image byh.koppdelaney:flickr<br />
  23. 23. Technology and the use of social media is an unavoidable part of our lives and if we use it wisely and safely it can be a greatbenefitto our lives. <br />image by Grant MacDonald: flickr<br />
  24. 24. Know who your REAL friends are. <br />image by backslash451: flickr<br />