My post originates from a point that Josè van Dijck made in the second chapter of their book “The Culture of Connectivity: a Critical History of Social Media”, this chapter focuses on sociality and platforms. I think an interesting topic from this chapter is Dijck’s point about how sharing platforms can enhance connections between people.
Sharing platforms are sites where users can tell other’s about themselves and contribute to a discussion, and the connections between people can take on different meaning, it could mean that is strengthens bonds between already existing relationships (e.g. Facebook, WhatsApp) or perhaps it creates them through similar interests (e.g. Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter).
I understand that many people would say that this use of the web weakens the connections between people and makes them less valid or more fragile. However, I like to argue that sharing platforms are a brilliant way of enhancing connections between people because while it can be hard to keep in contact with friends and family in the real world, because of distance or lack of time, it is quite easy to remain close to others through the use of the aforementioned platforms. Many users of these platforms have met others through these sites and have gone on to making life long friends that they would never have met without the internet.