In the age of incessant digital connectivity, the overwhelming presence of social media is reshaping the dynamics of our lives. Whether it’s constant notifications, virtual interactions, or the allure of online gratification, the phenomenon of social media addiction is altering how we perceive and engage with the world around us.
“Rahul”, “Rahul”, “RAHUL…………………..””RAHUL DO YOU HEAR ME OR NOT?”
“Smriti”, “Smriti” ”SMRITI…………………” “I AM TELLING YOU SMRITI, I AM GONNA THROW THAT PHONE OF YOUR’S IN THE DUSTBIN”
“PHONE……..PHONE……PHONE………..DIN BHAAR PHONE MAIN (DAY AND NIGHT ON PHONE)”
Well whether it is Rahul, Smriti or any other youth or we professionals, the aforesaid sentences have become part and parcel of most of us and we just “ignore” and “tolerate” these sentences for most of us are deeply engrossed in the Social Media World.
In professional, personal life we just have one college/one curriculum/small family etc to handle but in social media world we have to handle numerous sites/apps be it Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram, We-chat, Messenger, Viber, Hike, Twitter, LinkedIn and the list is growing day by day just like the pollution/population of our country.
It is like drug addiction for most of us. After every few minutes we keep on checking the social sites/apps. On an average nearly 2-3 hours of ours is being consumed on these sites. Though we get connected, updated with 1000’s of people globally but and we are actually getting dis-connected by our families/first circles and most importantly by ourselves.
Due to this social media world, professional/personal life’s of the people are getting affected. The morning and night prayers have been substituted by WhatsApp. Our first good morning goes to WhatsApp connections and not to our family members.
Our happiness depends upon the number of likes/ shares/ great comments we get on our selfies, pictures, status, shares, updates, posts etc by virtual people whom actually we have not even met once in our life time even without knowing that how many are fake and how many our real.
We don’t have time to speak to our family, our near and dear ones for our time is “utilized” in browsing/peeping into life’s of other people. We are not living our real life’s but we are living the life in the social media world. We all are so much mesmerized by the virtual/fake beauty of Facebook walls, updates wherein every relation/ every person seems to be so happy just like a fairy tale and we also dress up like Cinderella to be part of this “ball”.
But when in our life’s 12 o clock strikes and like Cinderella we encounter the real world where we need to face the harsh realities of life, downs in relationship, professional/personal failure than we understand that at that time the only person who actually stands for us/supports us/ motivates us is our family/parents and childhood/true friends whom we might have ignored for keeping in touch with other 1000 unknown social media contacts. It is at that juncture that we realize the true value of time/family/friends.
No doubt Social Media and various apps are a great platform to connect with various people/friends/relatives etc. If used properly and in limits than it is also very useful in advertising about oneself , one’s products, expanding business, developing useful contacts but more than the advantages it is proving more disadvantageous. There have been many instances and studies that has proved that because of these various sites many people went on the wrong ways/directions, became part of the crimes, got envious/depressed, mood swings, development of irrational nature etc.
It is for us to understand that what is right for us and do what extend. We should use these social media apps in way that is fruitful/advantageous to us and that helps in leading more better and happy personal/professional life’s.
Conclusion: While social media undeniably has its benefits as a platform for communication, networking, and sharing ideas, an unchecked obsession can lead to detrimental consequences. Striking a balance between the digital realm and the real world is essential for maintaining healthy personal and professional lives. Let’s pause to reassess the impact of our online habits, and consciously choose to prioritize meaningful interactions over the virtual applause. In a world where screens compete for our attention, it’s imperative to remember that the true essence of life lies beyond the confines of our devices.