Everythingstarted last year when one of my friends asked if I had an account onFacebook. The question triggered some sense in me, and I answeredback that I only had factual friends and not virtual ones. My problemwith social media networks was the common issue of immorality thatdominates the space. Apparently, my reply struck a chord in me. Eventhough I did not hear it at the moment, but a couple of days afterthe conversation, I felt the meaning of what I meant by the phrase,real friends. A friend, Mitch, returned to me and acknowledged thathe was interested when I said that I only believe in real friends.Besides, I have more than 700 friends on Facebook. However, they area group of people who post everything including subjects that areimmoral in nature. Additionally, it was my opinion that meeting thevirtual friends was not easy because they tended to be on theirpreferred social circle and way of life. Therefore, as a team, we sawthe need to strengthen the idea of real friends and make it moreeffective in curbing immorality amongst teenagers and developing thesociety.
Theexisting ways and means of communication have gained much focus ofthe public because they have been thought to as the only availablemeans by which people can meet and connect. Though it is difficult toargue the enormous contributions of these services and devices, theyall have their negative effects and the most common one is theirimpact on culture. In other words, more than 60 percent of moraldecay experienced in the world today can be attributed to the sprawlof social media. With the new technologies, people have drifted fromthe accepted standards. Similarly, the more ways the society adoptsmethods of communicating, the more people tends to alienate oneother. The idea of having distant friends makes it easy forindividuals to have confidence that no one monitors their actions. Asa result, teenagers have resorted to undesirable characters throughthe prevalent pornography and drug use that forms the basis oftoday’s social space.
Movingon, passion in socialization is not new for teenagers. Nonetheless,as a group, we expressed a concern that people of our age could belosing social skills because of technologically aided communication.Personally, I understanding technology as a tool that is onlyessential when there is no any other alternative to solving aproblem. I encountered young people prolonging the use of technologyin minor issues. But perhaps this should not have been the correctpath. For people of my age group, technology has turned out as anaccessory. It has now utterly invaded both our mental and socialprocesses. But it is not much important when critically lookedbecause, in the end, its way of enabling social networkingdeteriorates the thinking patterns of the young people through theharmful sites.
Weaimed to develop real friends as a socialaction project formed by networks from the English class. Weconvinced more allies and in turn had an additional 90 teenagers fromthe neighborhood and an unknown number of individuals from beyond ourcommunity. We planned for various steps including, public campaignsand emails, to facilitate recruitment of the group members. The firstobjective of real-friends wasto enable a face-to-face way of social networking. Secondly, it optedto surpass the ability of social media networks by making it possiblefor the members to help change the climate of the community through amore collective space. Rapidly, the group participants pointed outthat our social action project had the capacity to expand evenfurther and that it couldbe beneficial in influencing the people from other communities beyondour locale. Thereal-friends project action that commenced asa series of socializing exercises and character building activitiesnow boasts of more than 260 group members. Wehope that through our real friends action project, we will be able toconvince other communities to embrace positive behaviors by buildinga sense in them that close allies are the best people one can have.Through this, we expect to see more teenagers shutting down theirsocial media accounts as a way of alleviating the habits that aredetrimental to cultural norms.
Conclusively,Horton wishes for a world in which everyone behaves in the correctway. He delegates for a society where people stay together and helpone another in constructive ways. Similar to the purposes ofreal-friends as a project, Horton aspires to see a society whereindividuals work together in building the social order for thebetterment of the world. Through this, he hopes that people canprofit from one another’s efforts. His Long Haul with the aim ofestablishing a social domain has been the driving force behind thedevelopment of the formerly depressed families to the Highlander FolkSchool, which is now a globally renowned education center.