August 13, 2014 Patricia Ferreria
Usually when a stranger ‘pokes’ us on Facebook the first thing that comes to our minds is “Ew, what a creep!” and we follow up with a block so that we never have to be poked again. The same cannot be said for Nafis Joon. Her and her now boyfriend, Steve Kawalit didn’t meet each other organically, but rather on Facebook, and it all started with a simple click of the poke button. Some might think it’s strange, but seven years later these lovebirds are still together and have never been happier. It was love at first poke!
As a proposal, Steve thought it would be a great idea to propose to Nafis at the Facebook headquarters, and thanks to the aid of some helpful Facebook employees and Mark Zuckerberg, his proposal to Nafis was a success. The couple says that if it weren’t for Facebook they would have never met each other. Steve told Mashable “to think that a 2004 project in a Harvard dorm room would have such a large impact on our lives is crazy.”
Steve is right; it’s strange to think how much social media has changed and affected each and every one of our lives. Who is to say that by some act of God that Nafis and Steve wouldn’t have met on their own somehow, but thanks to Facebook they have a unique story to tell their children and grandchildren.
People nowadays don’t have to go to a bar to meet the love of their life, but can seamlessly find one through the click of a button. It’s convenient and efficient. How about that? Finding love has become efficient for the human race in the 21st century. One thing I can tell you is that chivalry is dead; a guy nowadays doesn’t have to take you out to get to know you, he can now do it in the comfort of his own home, sitting in only his boxers and mowing down on a large pizza, so hot.
On the bright side of things, Facebook has definitely done more good then harm because it has given us a means of communication even when we are so far apart from the people we love. Long distance relationships have become closer than ever and now that we have multiple channels to be able to talk to people everyday, it makes it that every easier for us to communicate, even on the go. Facebook helps us make connections – all we have to do is say yes and hope that maybe one day we will end up like Steve and Nafis.
Patricia Ferreira, Raven5 Ltd., Oakville, ON, July 2014