<p>As much as we adore our friends, hearing frequently about the details of their life (like what they ate, when they are having a bad day, or how wonderful their spouse is), may just give you information overload.</p><p>We care about the goings on in our friends lives, but too many updates can add an overwhelming element to our <a href="https://www.liveabout.com/being-too-busy-for-friends-1385346" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="1">already packed days</a>. Besides that, sometimes hearing repeatedly about how good or rotten your friend&#39;s life is can turn you off the idea of hanging out with them more frequently.</p><p>Games are fun, and many of us play them online, but sometimes repeated game requests when you log in to a site are an annoyance. The subtle hint of irritation you feel at deleting several requests from a friend can progress into irritation at your friend for any communication they send.</p><p>You might not mean to get annoyed with your friend, but it canhappen naturally. To help combat this, turn off or block game requests, or just tell your friend you&#39;re not interested so they get the hint and stop sending you messages.</p><p>Twitter and Facebook are just two ways we can keep in touch with friends. But instant messages may make you feel like you&#39;re already in touch with your pal and don&#39;t need to spend time hanging out. What&#39;s worse, if you do see each other, you might not have anything to talk about. Too much and too frequent communication takes away that &#34;getting caught up&#34; feeling when you see a friend in person.</p><p>Your friend may use social networking to help vent their frustrations, and as a result, you might believe that things are going really poorly for them. Or, perhaps the opposite is true. Your friend may be maintaining a positive outlook online, but in actuality, things are bleak right now for them. In seeing their updates, you might feel like you&#39;re all caught up in what&#39;s really happening in their lives.</p><p>This can mean that instead of scheduling that get-together you always have, you skip it. Or that when you chat with your friend on the phone, you act as if you know exactly what&#39;s going on with them instead of asking (or waiting for) them to tell you themselves.</p><p>One of the great things <a href="https://www.liveabout.com/what-is-friendship-1385639" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="1">about friendship</a> is seeing the world from a friend&#39;s viewpoint. It offers a wonderful chance for <a href="https://www.liveabout.com/questions-to-start-off-a-conversation-1385471" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="2">conversation</a> and expanding your knowledge and opinions of the world. But Facebook and Twitter can take that away from friendships, especially when a friend posts a link to something that needs a real conversation in order to be understood properly. You might be able to &#34;like&#34; a post, but that doesn&#39;t mean you and a friend are actually talking about it. What&#39;s worse, if you do try and give your opinion, it can come off sounding crude and blunt because you don&#39;t have the venue to explain yourself properly.</p><p>Differing opinions are good in a friendship, but only if the two of you are able to discuss things in a reasonable manner. If your friend is constantly posting links about a hot-button subject for you, you&#39;ll find yourself having an online argument or you&#39;ll begin avoiding them all together. Either way, it doesn&#39;t help your friendship.</p>While social networking has helped us communicate more frequently and in a different way with our friends, you need to be careful to have balance. Pay close attention to little resentments you begin to feel over a friendship because of things posted or said online. You might need to pull back from a site if you feel it is adding negativity to your friendship. Always remember that seeing and interacting with a friend in person cannot be replaced.