I have social media illusion disease

It must be true since it happened again today. I was at a meeting for work and was introduced to someone and wondered, “Do I know her?” She looked familiar so I decided that I must have met her at a work event and just could not place where. As the day wore on, I did not give it much more thought until I saw her in line getting lunch. I asked her what center she works at and then it hit me. She is a friend of someone I work with. I don’t actually know her, but I have seen her picture posted with her friend so I feel like I know her personally.

screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-9-41-34-pmThis happens so often for me that I have joked that I have SMI disease or “social media illusion” disease. Believe me this is real, but maybe it’s not a bad disease if I can keep it in check. I can connect with a wide range of people through social media, more than I ever do in my real life. I don’t have 400+ friends in my day-to-day encounters, but I do on social media. Someone also told me recently that he feels you can get to know people better on social media since the physical facades aren’t there. Mind you that we have never met in person either.

 I can also see places that I have never traveled to through these “friends”. I can share passions with others through groups that I am interested in like other bloggers and writers, parents who have children in the same colleges as mine, people who attend the same church. The list of connections with strangers can go on and on. Even if I forget that we never met, but we are connecting, is my social media illusion disease a bad thing? Connecting is connecting, right?

 All through my day, no matter where I go, or what I do, I am always looking for the good. I try to find the good in people, in the world, in my life or even just in my day.

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