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How The Internet Brought Long Lost Friends Together

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at U Iowa chapter.

Here’s a little story that’s bound to bring a smile to your face. Friendship is strong, no matter the distance. I’ve heard many people express their feelings about technology in a negative light. 

“Kids are always on their phones these days, and don’t know what’s happening around them” or “social media is taking over peoples’ lives.” Geez. 

Ever thought of how social media could be and is beneficial in many ways? Social media platforms are such a great way to keep in touch with people around the world and connect with friends and family who are far away. Being an international student, I know my contact with family and friends relies heavily on technology. Letters must have been a great way to keep in touch, and I think they still are even though it’s very rare. But I’m not complaining that there is now a way for me talk with people back home face to face.

I was chatting to my mum one night, when she told me that something exciting had happened. She began her story by telling me about how she and her friend, Aarthi Majukar, had been best friends in high school.

However, as the years passed, school ended and as they went their separate ways and lost touch. After mum got married, she moved to England and the two friends didn’t really communicate after that. When Facebook was created, mum tried searching her friend’s name to get in contact with her, but to no avail. A school page was also created for the people who went to the high school that my mum and her friend went to. It was a mutual platform to reconnect with old friends, and so mum made a Facebook post asking if anyone knew her friend from high school, but there was no immediate response.

Few weeks passed and this random girl contacts my mum. The girl happened to be Aarthi’s cousin. And thanks to Facebook, the post successfully worked in finding one another and the two friends were reunited after 22 years. They immediately started chatting with each other, telling each other what their lives have been like for the past years. Aaarthi shared she had been living in Amsterdam. They both intend on meeting soon, and I personally thought that this was the sweetest thing ever. I’m glad my mum found her childhood bestie because besties are hard to find. 

What’s funny is that Facebook actually kept these two friends apart for years because of only one letter because turns out mum was spelling her name Aarti, instead of Aarthi.

So, just a little story for you about two long lost friends who find each other after years, for your daily dose of required happiness.

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Ridhima Jagtap is a college newbie, a.k.a a freshman, working towards a degree in the field of journalism. You'll often find her chasing after cats and watching adorable cat videos on YouTube. If she's not doing this then she'll be singing her lungs out so that her whole floor can hear her. She hopes to blow people away with writing what she's passionate about. Books, music and a lot of animals!
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