A like for a like isn’t love
Recently an acquaintance called me. She has always been kind enough to check on me and my well-being. We spoke at length about our careers, things we are doing, travel plans and common friends. Then I asked her about someone we knew and what I heard, I hadn’t expected.
She said, “She likes my pictures and I like hers. We are connected and are friends.”
This made me think of other conversations like,
If he calls me on my birthday, I will call him too.
Many bloggers send personal messages to ask for comments or likes. Some follow a blog because the other person followed. Many Twitter and Instagram followers take this approach.
What kind of world do we live in? Why should it be ‘give and take’ and that too so superficial? Is there a reason people fall prey to the notion of you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours? And if we do so, why do we?
Has the world come to a stage where we are looking to gather brownie points? And trying to be in the good books of everyone. Are we trying to be a version of us who we are not? Are we grateful for what we have or do we want to let others know that our life is a box of assorted chocolates?
If you are wondering this is a sudden realization, no this isn’t. Social media and technology has got more people to know each other’s whereabouts but hasn’t made lasting connections. In most cases, I mean. We stay away from calling if messaging on Whatsapp works. Reactions like love, sad, funny and angry have replaced words of encouragement.
Not that I don’t use social media but I would like to believe that I know where is the line that separates real from fake. For me, a relationship and its value isn’t judged by how many likes and comments and by whom. I would be okay if a friend forgets my birthday because she would still be by my side when I need her.
All that is me.
What about you? What would you say?
Writing for Day 7 of Write Tribe Problogger Challenge.