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I was missing my school time friends. Wondering, what all were doing in life.

Someone suggested opening a Facebook account; it’s easy to search friends on this social site. (Those days I was on sabbatical). It was in January, 2011 that I opened a Facebook account. I was excited, eager and fervent to type names of my sweethearts of grade 2 in the space of search friends.

OMG!!

The lost connection got connected!!

Nothing in this world can beat the bond that you share with your school friends.

This was my debut in the world of social networking. Whatsapp, Twitter and Blog followed.

I was in a different world as if living my school days again! Giggles, chats, video conferences …..crushes and secrets . Facebook and Whatsapp became my best friends as they connected me with my besties.

This continued….. Few months later I was back to job (apart from job of a home maker).

More groups on WhatsApp and more ‘Friends’ on Facebook…

I don’t know when my phone became my extended arm. As if without it I was incomplete. It became my necessity not only personally but also officially.

Facebook works as a holiday destination guide, people sharing pics of their holidays (and dresses), food and fun (reality check is important). And then starts the whirlpool of likes and comments.

More likes and nice comments make your heart swell with pride!

Pictures are clicked not for the memories but for the Facebook upload. Those days are passé when the whole family gathered around a huge album of memories and had discussions on each picture.

You keep on increasing the list of friends on Facebook, all are your friends; near, far and friends of friends. More the merrier. You fell like a celebrity receiving likes and praises for each pose and post. It’s a colossal platform of socializing, you like me I like you, deal!

Wishing ‘Good Morning’ every day to one and all with a different thought and preach has become a routine! Thanks to Whatsapp. And when the same people cross paths, they do not even feel the need to exchange smiles!  You have the right to ignore; even the double blue ticks don’t make the other person liable to response.  Misinterpretation of thoughts and messages are common (You can’t hear the tone and read the face).

On twitter, instagram, blogs you follow them they follow you!

Nothing against for all these social networking sites but the actual connection is lost somewhere. That excitement to meet someone or the pleasure to talk with your friend is fading out in this tech socializing world. You can’t feel the warmth of a handshake through emoticons. You have all sorts of emoticons available to express each emotion but do they really express the emotion that just a look into the eyes can?

Are we connecting more or drifting apart? The whole world looks connected and approachable. Is it true? I admit my gratitude to Facebook, without which, I couldn’t have re-connected with my old buddies.

But, for me, talking to a friend on phone or meeting in person makes me feel more connected than chatting on whatsapp. I miss my old childhood days when we used to spend hours playing together and visiting each other’s home for birthday parties. Thank God Whatsapp was not born till then and joy and sorrow were not captivated into emoticons. Friend list was limited but true. No likes, no comments and no followers defined our friendship.

Hey my school friends! When are we having our next get together?