Nowadays people make new friends through social networks and internet chat groups. Some people think this is good. Others think that face-to-face interaction is essential. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

The way people befriend others has changed drastically due to the advancement of internet-based communication. However, whether chatting through social media is the best way to start a social contact is still debatable.

When people start their friendships through an online social network, they mostly do not know whether the other person is real. Most of the time this new friendship relies on a certain level of trust and it is followed by reading digital profile to find out what type of person they are dealing with. Therefore, some security measures need to be taken to prevent unwanted things from happening. For instance, accepting or approving friendship request from people you do not know is a big no. Also, it is only wise not to publish private information as it can be risky when such information falls to the wrong hand. These are some examples that can be shown to elaborate that although it is possible to build a relationship through social media, we need to know the rules of the game.

Other people believe that face-to-face interaction is always the best option when it comes to having a real relationship with other people. The problem with this method is that the right situation does not come easily. Basically, we know people from the place where we are a regular such as in the workplace, in the café, or other places that are regularly visited. Some people are not good at approaching others and initiating a conversation, so they may feel uncomfortable. However, once the initial contact is established, it is easier to follow up on the next conversation. To a certain extent, although it can be understandably difficult for some people, having a face-to-face conversation with another person is more memorable.

To sum up, I think it is better for people to start a friendship in a traditional way. It can be risky to approve friendship from someone you know nothing about. After people are familiar with their new acquaintance, then it is a good idea to utilize social media to help maintain the relation by showing signs of approval to each other on a regular basis.