Social media: Mass connection or mass disruption?

Social media: Mass connection or mass disruption?

We live in the world in which everyone is connected to everyone else. However, I once read a quote somewhere which said something like go into the forest; you won’t find an internet connection there but I promise you will connect better. This small and very simple quote managed to capture my attention greatly. It is true, nowadays the only place where we may not have access to a goo internet connection may be a deserted spot in a forest or out in the middle of the ocean. Everywhere else seems to have a good wifi connection! Go to the malls, you will find access to the internet so that you can ‘check in’ an let your friends know that you are having a great time. Restaurants also have wifi enabled. If you happen to go somewhere without a wifi connection, you can simply turn on the mobile internet service provided by your operator! Going online is therefore no longer a problem at all. Now you wouldn’t just go online because you want o surf the internet in a public place; mostly people surf the internet at home! The main reason why one wants to go online is because he or she has a massive circle of ‘friends’ on any one or more of the many social networking websites present. Today, I will discuss the different roles that such sites are playing these days.

The social media is often filled with details of an individual’s life that should not be disclosed to the hundreds of ‘friends’ that a person has on these platforms. You see, some information is either too personal or too trivial to be shared with everyone an individual knows. The concept of privacy seems to be nonexistent in the present world; everyone seems to know where you are, what you are doing and how you feel. Relationships have been strained because of such actions; fights have broken out among friends over petty issues generated from the social media. We live in a world where people deem it important even if they have health problems like sciatica pain. What people fail to understand is that some things are better left unpublicized. Such details about one’s life are not for show; they should only be shared with close friends and family.

Speaking of close friends and family, often people have others added in their social network streams when they aren’t even acquaintances. You see, someone you once spoke to on a bus simply does not qualify to be added to your circle. You see, you can delude yourself by the statistics on your social media sites that you have hundreds of friends. That random man standing next to a shiny automobiles may be someone you meet at the grocer’s daily, however, that does not make that person a friend! One must understand that in times of need, none of these friends turn up leaving the individual broken and confused.

It is true that the social media has brought massive changes to our lifestyle and that it does have several benefits. However, the destruction caused by social media is a lot more than the benefits it gives.