Social media has completely changed the way we interact, especially in the context of friendships. This subject is fresh on my mind because it has recently been prevalent on my personal life. As a young woman living with three female roommates, there is bound to be tension. After a quarrel regarding a mess in the kitchen, instead of trying to sort out the conflict, they handled it by “unfriending” each other on social media. This is commonplace in today’s culture and is symbolic of a larger idea. By unfollowing a person on any social platform, you are essentially conveying the idea that you no longer care to keep up with their everyday life. While the act of unfriending may be simple, the bigger implications usually lead people to take it personally. This is to be expected coming from the generation that got offended if they weren’t on their best friend’s Myspace “top 5”. On the other side of the coin, social media fosters friendships in ways that are unique to milennials. Your best friend is usually tagged in most of your photos. See a hilarious cat video? Better post it on your friend’s wall. There are even cases of complete strangers meeting on social media and becoming friends because of a common interest (such as, let’s say, a Justin Bieber fan club). Just in the way that social media has changed the landscape of how we share personal information about our relationships, we also project our friendships for the whole world to see. For better or for worse, our friends are a part of our online identity.

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