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Managing the real v virtual world

Picture of a girl with half of the picture pixelatedIllustration: Philippa Knight - Cambridge Regional College

Everyone you know is on Facebook and you all have a lot of fun keeping up with what people are doing.† However when you are out one evening you notice that you and your four friends spend more time on your phones than talking to each other.† You would like to change this situation but you are afraid of loosing friends on Facebook especially if you donít answer them straight away.

What do you do next?

  • Leave things as they are because everyone is doing it
  • Talk to your friends about the way you feel
  • Tell your face book friends that you wonít always be able to get back to them straight away

Read on to find out which of these options you should or shouldnít takeÖÖ.

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Leave things as they are because everyone is doing it

†If this is something that really bugs you it isnít going to get any easier by leaving things how they are.† Often it just needs one person to stand up and say they are not happy about something and you suddenly find out that lots of people feel the same so maybe you should think about speaking up.

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Talk to your friends about the way you feel

†Anytime you are not happy with the relationship between you and your friends itís a good idea to talk to them about it otherwise problems can just simmer away until they become something much bigger. So it would be a good idea to talk to them and try to work out a solution that suits everyone.†

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Tell your face book friends that you wonít always be able to get back to them straight away

If you are upfront with people about how you plan to use facebook your friends will know what to expect and shouldnít get put out if you donít reply instantly (obviously an emergency situation is very different). So, you should find this a lot less stressful and life including time with your friends and online will be a lot more enjoyable.

It's your choice

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