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Women Use Social Media for Friendship

From 1920 to as late as 1970, the interesting phenomenon of “radio homemakers” was a wonderful gift to hardworking farm wives everywhere. These women, broadcasting from their homes, shared news about their families, recipes, cleaning hints and local events.  It was the radio equivalent of a chat over the backyard fence and a lifeline for isolated rural homemakers giving them a much needed sense of community.

Today for so many women new social media outlets are filling the same need for community but with a modern twist.  Through blogs, Facebook and Twitter women are reaching out to each other in real time like never before in history.  The twist is instant connection – 24/7 and the ability to have a two-way exchange.  You don’t have to just listen anymore.  You can communicate and receive an immediate response from not just one but hundreds of friends all over the world and you can do it in your pajamas without even combing your hair.

Women are talking with virtual strangers about every imaginable personal topic.  The Internet provides a setting for intimacy and honest response with whatever degree of anonymity you’re comfortable with.  You could remain completely anonymous, exchange phone numbers with a new Facebook friend or even attend a Tweet Up and meet any and all of the peeps you’ve been Twittering with – its your choice.

Marketers and researches are still frantically trying to figure out how to make money off of these mediums, but women have instinctively cut right to the chase and are using them for something much more important  – support and friendship.  And in times like these, who couldn’t use a few more trusted friends to tell your troubles to?

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4 Responses to “Women Use Social Media for Friendship”

  1. Wendy says:

    I love this whole concept of being a Queen!!. As an unemployed-single-empty nester, I much more prefer my description to be Queen.
    During my time of unemployment, 1yr. this week, I have attended several online conferences, taken assorted free computer classes, applied for a kazillion jobs, and met some really incredible women all from the comfort of my computer world. This is just one more site that addresses the “specialness” of each individual woman. Thanks, Ladies or should I say your Highnesses!

  2. It is surprising to me how engaged I can get thru social media with people I’ve never met. It does make me feel connected, especially on those snowy days when things are closed and nobody’s driving anywhere. Thanks for another good post. I never knew about the radio homemakers. Cherry

  3. admin says:

    Queen Wendy, we get it. Queen Cindy says that the connections she made online during her unemployed time lifted her up and helped her continue when she was feeling low. We love the way women are so willing to encourage one another and to hold up a mirror to another woman so that she can see how special she really is. Thank you for taking the time to tell us your story, your highness.

  4. Amy says:

    It is surprising to me how engaged I can get thru social media with people I’ve never met. It does make me feel connected, especially on those snowy days when things are closed and nobody’s driving anywhere. Thanks for another good post. I never knew about the radio homemakers. Cherry

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