This is ABIT breaking news.
In today’s world, mobiles have become more than just devices, it has become our lives,
a device that we desperately cling to
while waiting for someone, standing in a queue or even
while sitting at our homes with our loved ones.
Social networking sites have swept generations
off their feet over the past decades.
Captivating for the youth and intriguing for the old,
a social networking site was an experiment that became
a phenomenon in no time!
These founders seem to have been driven by the human need of companionship.
Enabling people to connect with each other
should have made the world more open and people
It should have made people more tolerant of other’s
opinions and ready to embrace diversity.
But did that happen?
Surprisingly, it didn’t!
Probably, human psychology had been misconstrued.
Not only did social media give people a platform
to associate with people from different strata of society
but also a platform to flaunt their lifestyle.
A feeling of inferiority complex started engulfing the
common man on social media. As people started
delving deep into each other’s lives,
feelings of envy towards one another increased
and desperation to attain higher standards added
to people’s frustration.
Unfortunately, they did not take this opportunity to
draw inspiration from the substantial and
accomplished people of society. This unveils an
important attribute of human behaviour- it is
easier to depress people than to inspire them.
People flooding their social networking accounts
with selfies testifies the narcissistic
tendency of human beings. They’re so full of themselves that
they have forgotten to appreciate the beauty of little things around them.
has created barriers among people, it causes
teenagers, adults and children to develop
a habit of checking their phones, Twitter, Facebook, etc.,
instead of having a conversation with the people around them.
Yes we may have a MILLION friends on Facebook
or thousands of followers on twitter
but how will they ever help us, even if they wish to?.
Virtual friends will never beat real friends.
This is something many people can’t perceive as true.
“I feel like I can’t stop checking my phone,
leaving it for just 5 minutes makes me nervous
and unable to do anything else.
It’s like an addiction.”
A study carried out at the University of Pennsylvania
and published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology,
undergraduates to either continue their
regular use of Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram
or to limit each one to 10 minutes per day (30 minutes total).
Study author Melissa G. Hunt in a statement:
“It is a little ironic that
reducing your use of social media
actually makes you feel less lonely.
Some of the existing literature on social media
suggests that when you look at other people’s lives,
particularly on Instagram,
it’s easy to conclude that everyone else’s
life is cooler or better than yours.”
To come to the conclusion, these technological
creatures were developed to serve mankind,
but their excessive use really creates a serious
issue in our lives especially in the younger generation.
Social networking is
really a double-edged sword and really does make us less social if we are not careful.
I’m Amy, live from Hanoi.