“…online communities are driven by common interests and not by shared space. We come together and connect online because we share one, common interests. And the result, I think, is that the relationships we form with other online community members are more shallow. Just as Google might be turning us into “pancake people” by getting us out of the habit of learning and remembering, social media might be turning us into “pancake people” by coaxing us into trading up deep, naunced relationships with a few people for shallow, uni-dimensional relationships with many people.”
A man needed help in moving a couch into his flat but could not bring himself to ask for help from a web friend who was a block away . The latter was a mere online friend and the intimacy between them was not sufficient enough for him to be able to expect help of this sort.
In online friendships can we not expect help when we need it as in friendships formed in physical space ? Actually we can yet form deep abiding friendships with a few online friends based upon commonality of interests and compatibility of personality traits and the relationship could even turn into genuine friendships based upon mutual liking and trust over a period of time.Yes,it is true that you cannot have such friendships with 1000 or so facebook friends who exist merely in the cyberspace for you as mere names ,their interactions being few and far between.