By Rachael Davari, St. Edwards University
I can honestly say that my life would not be what it is today without the internet or social media. I would not be nearly as happy as I am nor would I be the person that I am today. It has introduced me to my family from across the world and even my soul mate. My dad is originally from Iran, but he has been a US Citizen for the majority of his life, around thirty years. However, I was born and raised in the United States as was my mother and her side of the family and because of that I have never met my dad’s side of the family in person. Aside from one brother who lives in the United States, he has 10 siblings who live in Iran. That means that I have 10 aunts and uncles on the other side of the world that I’ve never had the privilege of meeting. With the political rivalry between the US and Iran it has been difficult to find the opportunity or money to visit. However, these obstacles became irrelevant as soon as I made my Facebook account in high school.
I began receiving several friend requests from people with the same last name of me! I was able to not only see what they all looked like from their profile pictures but communicate with them as often as I pleased! I no longer had to wait months for a letter to reach them (if it even did) or wake up early in the morning or stay up late at night to have long distance phone calls because of our nine and half hour time difference! Since I made my Facebook account I have been able to meet at least six of my cousins!
In addition to the opportunities to meet and communicate with family members, social media has also introduced me to my boyfriend of four years. We did not meet through eHarmony or any dating site like that! We met through a mutual friend who moved to Texas from Arizona. The first time my boyfriend and I ever communicated was through a message on Facebook and no words were said. Just one emoticon, which is so funny and painful to admit but that is how 21st century relationships are formed! We were long distance for two years before he moved from Arizona down to Texas so that we could be together forever and we have been our happiest ever since. Our main mode of communication for those two years was Facebook, MySpace (until it died out), and my favorite was Skype! I know that our relationship would not be what it is today without the internet. I also know that I would have never been able to meet my best friend who just so happens to also be the love of my life.