4 Ways Your Online Community Can Improve Your Life


By Dustin Groves Published on July 7, 2014

Critics argue that the digital age is driving us farther and farther apart. But is that true? How can it be when the internet connects us in so many ways? Here are just a few ways your online community can help you (and you can return the favor).

1. Moral Support

Anyone who’s ever logged into Facebook can see the outpouring of support for friends who are suffering through illness, the loss of a pet, or even just a really bad day at work. Online communities (on all kinds of different social networks) can be the source of emotional support—even if it’s just a good laugh when you need one.

2. Marketing/Promotion

Remember the last time you did something amazing? How hard it was to tell people about how great your promotion is or how you aced that test? In a strong online community, your friends and followers will promote your achievements for you. If you’ve built those relationships well, a simple announcement about that interview you did for the school blog can cascade into an ocean of shares. Don’t forget to share the good news about your friends in return!

3. Study Buddy

It’s 1am. Do you need a double check on your Web Programming homework? Chances are that you aren’t the only one staying up late to get your assignment just perfect. Facebook groups are a fantastic place to see who else is studying into the wee hours of the morning and work together to get all your most important questions answered. Trust us, it’s way better than texting your instructor at that time of night.

4. Jobs

One thing that will probably always hold true is that the best way to get a job is to be referred by a friend. The wonderful thing about the internet is that your community (aka your network) is way larger than it was in the past. Don’t be afraid to research that company you dream of working at. If you have a connection, reach out and ask for help or a good word. And if someone you know asks you for help, do your best to connect them with any opportunity you think is appropriate.

Bonus: Fun

We don’t care if it’s a fully immersive online game or sharing kitten pictures on Instagram, sometimes you just need to share your online fun with a friend. Remember that relaxation improves your life too. So don’t forget to take a minute or two and pass along the funniest meme you’ve seen all day.

How has your online community improved your life? We’d love to hear your story in the comments.

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