325 Friends, 365 Days, One Woman's Way of Logging Off and Finding Her Place in the World
by ArLynn Leiber Presser
Mark Zuckerberg sold us on the notion that we have plenty of friends, that we are popular, and that people are interested in our status and what’s on our mind. But how do we develop intimate friendships if we only “like” pictures, click on links, and comment on inspirational quotes? Are your online friends, the buddy from school, the ex-girlfriend, the barista that you see but never talk to, the once-close friend who moved away, the friend of a friend “just” Facebook friends?
Following a New Year’s resolution, ArLynn Leiber Presser embarked on a thirteen-country sprint to connect face to face with her 325 friends. Face2Facebook recounts her remarkable journey that resulted in a year of funny, adventurous, and sometimes heartbreaking interactions that will make you consider who is on your friends list. ArLynn connected with people she really valued, people who taught her things, people who surprised her, and some who rejected her. But every experience was important, and she blogged about one friend a day. This project has resonated with people and has been covered by the London Daily Mail, Good Morning America, and the Chicago Tribune along with other North American and international outlets.
Are we really friends with hundreds of people, or is Benjamin Franklin’s observation true that a man is wealthy when he can count his friends on one hand? Has life in front of the laptop made it easier to put up and maintain walls to protect ourselves from real life? Face2Facebook explores the evolving nature of friendship and the meaning of connection in the digital world. Challenge your view of social networking and believe in the ability of friendships to change who you are.
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