Cyber Hugs

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It’s no secret that social media platforms have changed extensively in the past decade. The different applications available via phone have made communication so much easier. As more apps are created every day, one of the biggest networks has stood strong in the fast pace of change. Facebook, for many, was the very first social media platform to ever access. In the mid to late 2000s, with the unbelievably slow internet, everything about the website was magical.

It was a website long before it became an application. Facebook helped many of the older generations to find long lost childhood friends and even distant family members. Through posting a picture and writing on someone’s wall, users interacted with their “friends” in a fun and casual way. The favorite method of salutation was the poke. At the beginning of Facebook usage, the poke was a huge deal. It allowed people to chat without words. In more recent times, the poke was left out of updates in the last few years. It became obsolete and ancient with all the new features the makers of the application included over the duration of its success. Oddly enough, the poke has been resurrected from the dead with a few additions. The new feature not only has the all too famous poke but now includes a wave, a high-five, a wink and a hug. Cyber hugs! Yes, hugs on Facebook are now a thing. Users can use these forms of greetings as a kind of nostalgia of the good old days. Maybe these greetings will be discontinued, maybe not. We’ll just have to wait and see if they catch on.

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