“All this technology we have, it’s just an illusion. Community companionship is a sense of inclusion. Yet when you step away from this device of delusion, you awaken to see a world full of confusion”

A few days back, a video went viral on the social media. It was titled as ‘Look Up’ posted by Gary Turk, which talked about how technology has had some major ill effects on our life. A poem is being narrated throughout the video explaining to people how the social media has ruined our personal lives. Ironic, isn’t it? By using the platform provided by the same social media that he is criticizing in the video, it makes us question what to believe and what not to. It was the very same social media in the form of YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram et al that made his video gain more than 37,000,000 views.

The use of technology in the form of social media can be a boon as well as a bane for everyone. We all know how excessive use of anything will create problems. So is the case with social media as well. You may have about a thousand friends on your Facebook friend list, but in reality only you are aware how many true friends you actually have. Or whether or not you even have any friends at all. The reality is that all this show is superficial. The more we create friends online, the more we distance ourselves from the real world. Social media takes us away to another land – where everything is perfect, everyone around is happy and our lives are as exciting as they can possibly be. We’re the kings and queens of our world and we forget about everything else. You can be glued to your computer, laptop, phone or tablet – anything. One becomes so absorbed in these things that it’s hard to realize what the real world is all about. Kids these days, who’re as small as 5 years old know how to operate a tablet without their parent’s guidance. They don’t go out to play in the park, they don’t enjoy their childhood like the rest of us have. We’ve fallen in the mud, got bruised at least fifty times and spent about 20 years without the use of a cellphone. But for these kids, life revolves around technology only. Our parents still warn us about the bad effects of being too social online, but what about these kids? There are online predators just sitting there waiting to get a hold of these children. They’re unknown people who assume a fake identity on the web and try to befriend everyone they can to derive whatever sort of pleasure they can from the victims. Children and well as adults become victims of cyber bullying. There have been suicides in a large number due to this reason.

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However, it’s very easy to pin point everything that is bad with the social media right now. Let’s not forget that it has helped so many people in so many different ways. It helps to connect people who’re sitting in opposite corners of the world – You can easily contact your long lost friend without doing much- you just have to look up in the web. The social world distracts us but it can be used for our own benefit too. You can instantly connect to the whole world with just one click, nothing else needed. It becomes very easy for social causes to gain momentum as they are easily able to expand their community online. And the cost? Nothing! It’s also the best platform for entrepreneurs to ensure that they can connect to their target audience easily and quickly.

Being online also expands one’s ability to accept different viewpoints on certain things. It helps to talk to others and listen to what their views are and why they think so. It provides a new dimension to various things, be it religion or governance. There are so many blogs doing the rounds. It makes us think about the hidden talents that people have. Sometimes we just want to hide our identity and create something beautiful – poems, stories, photographs. There’s so much that the World Wide Web offers us and if we know how it’s supposed to be used, it can help us do wonders.

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Social media makes us aware of the fact that there are many people who’re just like us and if someone is going through a sickness, he or she can easily find community groups on the internet. It brings a sense of relief to know that there are people out there who’re ready to help us.

So whether social media has a good impact on you or a bad one, it totally depends on you. You can either make the best of it or get into the wrong side of it and create trouble for yourself. It is always advisable to be safe while surfing the net and be aware of what site you’re logging on to. Maybe what that video had to say was true in a certain sense, but we sure cannot imagine our life without social media anymore.

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