Social networking has nowadays a major role to play in our society. In these days of Orkut, Facebook, G-Talk, Yahoo Messenger, Linked in ,Wayne and many such social networking , ‘Friendship’ is a keyword. People of all ranks seem to engage themselves in the social networking bandwagon. In spite of so much surfing and chatting, true friendship is missing. Bygone are the days of morning or evening newspapers. People now wake up each day and check social websites first thing in the morning instead of reaching for a newspaper. American Internet users spend more than 22 percent of their online time using a social networking site.
True friends are not easily found , but life is an awful and ugly place not to have a best friend. Today , the word best friend usually means ‘fiance’ or ‘fiancee’. But husbands or wives are rarely good friends in the story of long sharing . Life a long journey, and we need true friends to make life’s journey comfortable. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, is indeed a friend who cares.
It was Shakespeare who wrote poems of Friendship when the Elizabethan England was inundated with love poems. Amorous verses of Petrarch mesmerized all in the Elizabethan England. But Shakespeare wrote friendship poems for his Fair Friend. Love may come and love may go, but friendship will endure for ever. True love is possible when there is friendship. For Shakespeare friendship is a marriage of true minds and it admits no impediments. If we make friends with stupid people, we may feel much clever. But it is said that you had better go to Hell with a number of wise friends than to Heaven with a number of foolish ones. Good friends are more than philosophers , they are guide to us. There is no sorry said , so forgiveness asked, so apology if true friendship occurs.