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10 Merits of Digital Community

  1. We are available anywhere and everywhere there is internet access.
  2. We meet people we may never have interacted with otherwise and thus expand our horizons.
  3. We can focus less on socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, or custom and more on loving relationship.
  4. We can communicate more readily across language barriers with online translation programs.
  5. We can “see” and speak with people very far away and feel for a moment that our physical distance cannot diminish our emotional connection.
  6. We can more readily and naturally take advantage of social media to interact, encourage, educate, and influence ourselves, each other, and those not directly involved in our community.
  7. We can retain and maintain friendships forged in physical proximity but separated by job, family, or calling.
  8. We can reconnect with those we may have lost contact with.
  9. We can better respect and cater to the needs of introverts who thrive in environments that limit the energy needed for social situations and allow for internal processing.
  10.  We can better respect and cater to the needs of shy and socially anxious people as well as people with physical limitations that make physical interaction more difficult.
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