Carly here, and before I delve into this topic, I need to get one relevant bit of info out there: I’m going on 26. Given that, it’s likely that many of you readers will feel differently about this topic than I do. I’m hoping that Jane will post her take on this later, and that we’ll also expand this topic into the business environment down the road.
When analyzing the development of relationships of any kind, I think it’s important to strip away the vehicle of communication—whether it’s a social networking site, a friend’s party, a school, a work environment, etc.—and focus on the core quality of the communication. Ultimately, that is what determines the quality of a relationship. With that said, my simple answer to the above question is YES, social networks can be a very effective vehicle for fostering new relationships. Read on for some examples from my life.