Propinquity affects the way people think about each other. Social networks, like facebook, myspace and twitter, makes others proximity seem closer than it really is....
Building a stronger bond
Our bond is stronger than it would be without social networking. We are more inclined to be more interactive with our family and close friends but we are also extending our community to relationship of old and new. People are reaching out to old classmates and work mates. They are adding extended family. They are even adding people they don't really know.
It has become a great way to share pictures, form events and monitor activities of almost anyone you might know and many you don't.
Do relationships grow from social networking. Sure they do. People feel more comfortable getting to know each other while sitting in their own home or workplace and using the computer or phone to communicate. When they are tired of people they just turn it off. They don't have to leave or say goodbye to someone.
Sometimes it has become entertainment that replaces television, especially for the younger generations.
What is propinquity?
Building a social network
When you first go to a social network site, the first people you add are close friends; sometimes they are family members but very few people add people they don't know. Next are friends of friends and
extended family such as aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws. Many will begin to add people they don't know, and begin to interact with them. Sometimes friendships online become
stronger than personal relationships with those we really know. We share more
and do more with people online too. It has become a mixed consensus in the psychology
world whether this is healthy or not. Many build self-esteem through friendships and become much more confident with their interactions with other people. Some create fantasy relationships that seem much more real and romantic than they actually are. Trying to sort out healthy and unhealthy relationships always seems to be a challenge in life. Now we have social networking to make it more complicated.
But the question is are you really closer or is this a phenomena based on surreal events that drive us to share a parallel universe only found on the internet?
I am closer to many poeple than I would be without social networking.
Making use of the Propinquity Effect
The world has grown much smaller with the invention of the internet. We now
know world events moments after they happen. We can also have contact with
family and friends from far away. We can share pictures, learn about new
cultures and maintain relationships on a regular basis because of social
networking. It can help with work and information too. Our communities grow
stronger and we maintain longer relationships than we use too. Many people
would lose contact with other when they left a school or work place. That is
not the case anymore. Relationship transcend beyond where we work, go to school
or even play.