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Modern Manners: Internet Networking

first_imgLet’s face it, we’re all addicted to Facebook. I’m sure I’m not alone in checking my notifications just after I get up and just before I go to bed. Lord knows how many ‘quick breaks’ I’ll take from the old essays to have another sneaky peak. At the end of the day, it’s a convenient way to balance staying social with the latest (potentially all engulfing) essay crisis. Not everyone is such a fan though. A friend recently committed Facebook suicide by deleting her profile and denouncing the networking ‘cult.’ She categorically stated that anyone who considered themselves her real friends knew they could make the effort to call her. She is by no means alone in this. Whatever happened to those romantic days of letter writing and personal phone calls? As much as receiving wall posts is nice, when you realise that you’re one of ten recipients in a friend’s latest ‘Facebook sesh’,  it’s not quite so special.So why don’t we all abandon it? Well, for starters there’s that minor issue of money, something we students tend to be quite reluctant to part with – let’s face it, calling all our friends would knock up a huge bill and sad though it might seem, we just wouldn’t do it. And then there’s the problem of time – a precious but irritatingly sparse commodity. At Oxford I barely feel that I have enough time to eat or wash; making individual calls to all my friends back home, again, even with the best intentions, probably wouldn’t happen. So what about the dark ages before Facebook even existed? When my mother (Facebook’s biggest critic) was dating my dad at university, their communication consisted of a scheduled public phone box call once a week. In the world before the internet or mobiles, that was the way a couple at university kept in touch – one conversation a week. Waiting in the cold for a phone to ring seems bad enough to talk to a boyfriend; I highly doubt she would have done it for 20 odd friends as well. So were friendships and relationships really of a better quality before social networking?  Using it as a solitary means of communication would of course be destructive, not to mention downright unhealthy, but in reality that’s not what it’s about. Of course we all love receiving calls from friends back home, but who can deny that a little Super-Wall here and there keeps us topped up with a healthy dose of socialising to keep us going in the mean time.by Helen Smithlast_img read more

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Roger Federer Says He is Closer to Rafael Nadal Than He is to Novak Djokovic

first_imgNotwithstanding his intense rivalry with Rafael Nadal, tennis ace Federer has revealed that he feels closer to the Spanish star than Novak Djokovic, whom he has played more than anyone else in the world.According to a report in Express UK, Federer revealed that the three are writing history in their own ways, “we all three could not be happier with our careers, we just had an interview together for an English TV.” The Swiss professional further described the interview, which was the first time the three gave an interview together and he felt it was interesting to see how they reacted to the questions individually. “We know each other quite well but to give an answer in front of the other person was new and unusual for us.”Adding that both Nadal and Djokovic are “incredible players,” Federer admitted that he was closer to Nadal than Djokovic. Federer was quoted as saying, “I may be a bit closer to Rafa than Novak, but at the same time, I played Novak more than Rafa.”He also added that the matches against Nadal at the French Open and Wimbledon were “terrific” and so were the ones against Djokovic at Wimbledon and at the World Tour Finals in London. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Novak Djokovicrafael nadalRoger Federertennis First Published: November 22, 2019, 4:16 PM ISTlast_img read more

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