Relationships are stepping stones to personal growth. Without developing our relationships we cannot know who we are, or who we can become.
One of the pitfalls of social networking sites is that while they do allow us to cultivate our relationships, online and in real life, they can often be counterproductive in developing meaningful relationships. A relationship has to be meaningful before one can begin to learn from it. A certain level of trust needs to be established before learning (and growth) can occur and how that trust is built both online and in real life is another area which needs further exploration. With so many superficial ‘friendships’ on Facebook and the like, its usefulness to someone who believes in continual personal growth is very limited. New ways of facilitating developmental networking, both online and in real life, are needed.