What’s the newest form of drug? If you guessed it as social media, then you are absolutely right! Today, mobiles are mostly used for browsing through different social media Apps, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat rather than making calls and actually speaking to people. In fact, previously, where users used to depend on the SMS service to text, now they prefer WhatsApp for the same service. Even when at work, professionals constantly keep a check on their social profiles online whenever they find a few seconds to spare so that they don’t miss out an update or trend. Moreover, with the advent of online social networks, you no longer have to rely on a best friend to bring you the latest gossip.
Digitalization of the Real World
Technological advancement in the field of digital media has given birth to the revolution of social media. Websites like Facebook, twitter and many others have taken a step forward to craft Mobile Apps so that users can fulfill their socialization needs just by a tap of their finger. This has led us towards being caught in the clutches of such Apps as we tend to check them every now and then, even if there is no specific reason to do so.
The Negative Side
There are a number of studies which show that people have become so addicted to social media that it has led to psychological issues like anxiety, depression and insecurity. Why is this so? Particularly because social networks have lured us towards living to impress others. Every story, uploaded picture and status update is directed towards gaining maximum likes, comments or tweets. The more you read about others’ activities, the more you start to feel dissatisfied with your own life. Rather than enjoying the moment and their surroundings, users find it more interesting to capture a great event or place on their smartphone camera in order to share it later on social media platforms.
Instead of engaging in face to face discussions when together; friends and family members are seen to be thumbing on their mobile keypad and screens in between conversations. Many relationships suffer due to this, and where once people preferred to keep their lives private, the opposite is being done these days in order to seek a prominent existence over social media.
Controlling the Uncontrollable
Technology seems to be controlling us rather than being the ones with its harness in our hands. Social media is a phenomenon which is next to impossible to escape from. Even when you try, you will end up returning somehow. It’s that addictive! One day without keeping touch with the happenings on your different accounts of social media makes you realize that you have missed out on so much. The mere thought of living a day without our smartphone and internet access seems to create panic. In fact, today when we come across an individual who claims to be unwelcoming towards social media, we consider them to be medieval. Not on Facebook? Unbelievable!
So are we enslaved by social media? Yes, we definitely are! Maybe a handful of us aren’t, but a huge majority is! Why can’t we realize where to draw the line? Why are we so obsessed with keeping up with what’s going on in the lives of other people? Why are we letting this trend consume our personal relationships? Isn’t it about time that we stop and ponder on this matter seriously instead of posting it online and waiting for what others have to say about it? THINK!!