I love seeing WhatsApp statuses, Instagram stories and new posts of my friends. Not a day passes without taking a peek at them. Must say that they are quiet interesting. And yeah, captivating too. Sometimes about the new places they are visiting (pre- covid attack), or food, or a wedding function. And they look so cheerful and happy and are having a great time and enjoying themselves every minute.
Let me rephrase that. THEY LOOK LIKE HAVING FUN. (stress on ‘look like’)
(watch this YouTube video : https://youtu.be/fouSmgZBXsU)
Yes. If we zoom into these images, we will see a soul, who yearns for nothing but REAL FUN, which, however, is supervised by SOCIAL MEDIA. Analyse yourself. How much are you obsessed with these artificial platforms? How often do you post new pictures in your social media account?
Don’t you think you are sharing too much of your private life with others. Majority of us might defend our habit by stating the long distance with your family and friends. But are you sure that it’s only your family and friends who is seeing your profile and your pictures?
Let me share with you a small incident.
A girl, in her twenties, completely aware of all the fraudulent activities that happen via social media platform, decides to keep her account private. Although she knew about the horrifying things that could happen to a person through a social media account (especially if it’s a ‘she’!), Couldn’t resist to having an account of herself. She was absolutely conscience and accepted only those friend requests of those she knew. It was going perfectly. As you might’ve guessed, here came the thunder. She got an email, from an anonymous person, who sent her an attachment, which was her Instagram profile picture. (now you know nothing is impossible).
Although her incident is not as scary as of Many others, she still was a victim. All of us are. I am not talking about cyber attacks or cyber bullying, but of another serious issue- FEAR!
The girl did not do any mistake in starting a social media account , nor was she mistaken in any of the safety measures she took. It was a private account. See? ‘PRIVACY‘ is an outdated word these days. It is just a cover. Cover to hide the most ugly and violent truths. Can you guess what her mistake was?
It was trust! She trusted the safety of her account, as it was private. Like we all do. Don’t you think we trust a little bit too much on these platforms?
This is the main cause of FEAR in the minds of the young generation. We invest too much of our time and trust and in turn many of our brothers and sisters are being deceived. Each day, millions of people, of people, especially teenagers, are being victims of cyber exploitation.
Whenever you upload a photo , your happiness is naturally depended upon the LIKES you receive or it’s COMMENTS. It is no mistake. We all do that, Even I do, here in my blog.
But the real problem is when you compromise your real life for a virtual one.
Most of us are busy taking pictures, instead of living the moments. We are afraid whether the moment may pass quickly even before we know it. Yes it does. And that’s what we call LIFE. But the best thing you can trust more than your phone is your memories. They will linger in your mind, and you will soon, no doubt, visit the place again. Taking pictures is no offense. We do have to make use of technology. But not by forgetting who we really are.
Bark, an app for parental controls, is designed to give parents peace of mind while their teens and tweens are on social media. Created by a parent to keep his kids safe online, Bark works by scanning various social media and messaging apps for concerning keywords that could indicate concerning online behavior.
This is a link of the offical blog of BARK (kindly pay a visit) : https://www.bark.us/blog/the-bark-blog/social-media-monitoring/
BARK, through its youtube channel, does a very important social responsibility in saving the future generation from ugly and brutal hands. They publishes videos concerning the safety of children while using various social media platform.
Here is the YouTube channel of BARK. This is a request from my side, that you should pay the channel a visit. You will be numb for a while, but you will regain your consciousness soon and then you will be completely aware of what I had been saying. Though they primarily focuses on children, they are not brushing off the fact that adults too face the same problem these days.
YouTube channel of BARK: https://youtu.be/RlQE48WuP3Y
This is a must – watch video published by BARK :https://youtu.be/BXmFvIyfAzg
Research on the dangers of social media shows that its use is associated with various other issues. For example:
- Using social media can increase feelings of anxiety.
- Using social media can increase feelings of envy.
- Using social media can cause emotional exhaustion.
- Using social media can increase …..
Read more : https://effectiviology.com/dangers-of-social-media/
Staying inactive used to mean staying away from everyone and making no contact, an estranged life.
But these days, staying inactive completely refers to being OFFLINE.
Can you think about any other changes that these social-media platforms has brought in our life? You can drop your thoughts in the comment section.
Stop living under the fear of a virtual body. Start experiencing the heat and cold of the real world, rather than being claustrophobic in the confined prison of virtual and artificial world.
Do use social media if that makes you happy or helps you take a 2min rest, but never let it snatch away the same from you.