There has been some research done on how interactive things we do on the Internet really are. I have personally done business using the Internet and have made some degree of relationships and maintained others.
Even though that is true, like millions of others I have also had experiences where it feels like some effort to really interact has been a dud. Comments, likes, responses, counter or reply posts do help as does business.
Personally it does not fulfill my need for in close in person interaction but it does help and hinder as much as using the phone. Now, that remark dates me, because for those 30 or even 35 years old and younger, there is not so much that kind of comparison embedded into the psychology. It can be great compared to being totally shut out or unable to exchange messages of a personal or professional nature. However, when one would strongly prefer to have the old fashioned togetherness of in close and in person it is not a good substitute for me personally.
It can be a little shocking, when meeting people in one way much more than the other but then changing…how effective it is, though. Once or twice I met people in person who I had met online and they turned out to be as real as they had been rumored to be once they closer. Other times I met people in person, or knew them personally, kept in touch using the technology and then when we met up again they acted so much more informed about the latest trends in my life because they had received the messages – I wasn’t quite just imagining it. That’s a relief, but for some reason it still surprises me and I feel as though I am adjusting. Many of you know how that is. (wild guess, maybe 73.94% of you. Margin of error approximated at 34%)