The Importance Of Friendship In The Digital Age
It’s become a bit of a cliché these days that everyone is so connected, but on the other side of the coin we see that this doesn’t actually mean that people aren’t lonely. We’ve been brought up on the romantics ideas of freedom and travel, and while they are fantastic they’ve also led to a much more fluid society. This can leave people feeling isolated as it’s not uncommon for good friends to move to the other side of the world at what may feel like the drop of a hat. On top of this, as we get older our schedules become more hectic. Taking into account work hours, commuting, family commitments, as well as making time for exercise, oftentimes just getting through the week can feel like an accomplishment. With so many moving pieces to contend with in life, social media can make it feel like you are the only person not out doing something. The constant check-ins, photos, snaps, Tweets, and status updates make it seem like everyone is having a ball. When you are bombarded with content, it’s easy to feel out of the loop but trust us, everyone else has boring nights in too – and it’s good to do that too!
We’ve all had that moment of looking at a screen and being envious of seeing people do things while we are sat at home but it’s important not to allow yourself to feel, or get, isolated. This mode of thinking is easy to fall into, and like many things it can worsen the longer you are in that pattern. It might be tempting to just draw the curtains and curl up with Netflix but cutting yourself off can make the perceived distance between you and friends seem even bigger. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take time off, we all need a bit of down time now and then but if you see something that you would like to do we’d always encourage you to do it (so long as it’s legal, of course 😉). We know that there’s a certain degree of irony in us saying these things, but that’s what GirlCrew is all about. Yes, we use social media, and yes, we encourage interaction there, but at the heart of it we’re all about getting out into the world and meeting new people. It’s these experiences that make our lives so much richer and make us feel fulfilled. No matter where you find yourself in life, or in the world, it’s vital that you reach out to those around you. If you are feeling a bit adrift, linking in with friends is a great way to feel reconnected to the community. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, even a chat and a walk in your local park is enough.
My GirlCrew Experience…
People are much more transient these days. As exciting as it can be starting a life somewhere new, never more true is the saying “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone”. Moving to another country means leaving good friends behind and it can be difficult recreating those friendships elsewhere. That’s what brought me to GirlCrew – having moved from Canada to Ireland, GirlCrew is like having hundreds of good friends, all looking out for one another and all supporting each other whether it’s a night out, some advice or just expressing what’s on your mind. You’re never on your own.
Never take friendships for granted and always take a moment to express gratitude for the amazing people who come into your life. So, this is me saying, “thanks to all the amazing friends and friends-to-be on Girlcrew; looking forward to getting to know many more of you in the future.”
Sandra, GirlCrew Dublin 40+
If you’re looking to make a big move, expand your social circle, or just looking to get out of the house for a bit GirlCrew is the perfect fit. We connect women all over the world so you’ve immediate access to a group that is there to boost and empower you. Friendship is very important in life, and it’s been proven time and time again that these relationships have a positive impact on your mental health, and overall enjoyment of life. Even if your job is a disaster or your roommate is a nightmare by being part of a network you have a place to get advice, and an excuse get up and do something. So, what are you waiting for – find your crew here.