Here is a question for all the millennials. What would happen if you like everything you saw on Social Media? Will the world be a wonderful place to live in or better? Or is it going to be just the same? Perhaps, you cannot imagine a life beyond Social Media. The Internet and smart phones have become an integral part of the lives of mankind across the globe today. So, the impact of Social Media will have its effect on all walks of life. Relationships are not an exception to this.
With a lot of Apps that help you chat and exchange information instantly with any of your contacts across the globe in less than a few seconds, it is easy to get in touch with old friends and new people alike. You can be part of groups where members have common interests to share. Yes, shared interests are a solid reason to form groups and to name a few, high school groups, college groups, family groups, corporate groups etc.
You name it and you will find a group that is associated with it. There are even groups based on relationship like Family Relations, Friends, acquaintances and romantic relations. What to say, there are even groups of ladies who have been together in labour rooms at the same time. Relationships can be made and broken quickly. However, there are some skills required to manage relationships like Communication, Empathy and conflict resolution. It is important to know how and what to communicate on Social Media.
How do you communicate with your group members and friends on the social media? We need to be clear in thought, word and deed and put them in an apt way. Each group will have members with different views and concepts. Hence the words that you may use in groups with a good sense may be perceived differently by different people. Each group may have sub groups and one sub group may not subscribe to the views of another. These are some of the challenges that you may face on social media. You need to have the capacity to understand or feel what the other person experiences from their frames of reference.
At times, some communications can create stress within you. This may give rise to various conflicts between people. We need to know how to manage our stress and solve conflicts. The best way is to keep things as simple as possible and remain calm. Information can be shared on a need-to-know basis. If you are able to identify what are the information that can be shared on social media and what should not be, then you can really make a mark. If you know why people come to you, then it becomes easier for you to know how to tackle them.
Most of the people come to you either for a reason, season or a lifetime. Once this is clear, you can handle them very well. Let us use Social Media but not abuse it. Let us have a human touch to our social interactions online and offline. This will help us in a long way to improve our social skills and add meaning to life.