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Social Media - Yay or Nay?

Social Media - Yay or Nay?

ISLM Writer: Sabista

In a world full of Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Snapchat, Tinder, Instagram and many more, should we feel blessed or cursed? An application like Skype can nurture long distance relationships and bring two lovers closer, while an application like WhatsApp or even plain old Messenger can make it so easy and accessible to dump your partner without an explanation. I’ve seen people get married on Skype and break-up on email, I’ve seen people hook up on Tinder and start new romances on Facebook. Is it that simple these days? Can love start with just a friend request? Is it so easy to catch a hold of a one night stand partner, because all you have to do is swipe left or right?

I am very confused about the whole social media concept. I don’t know if it is a boon or simply something that is turning people into web freaks. In older days, relationships used to have space and mystery. Now, you have couples chatting all day long, sending selfies, snapping each other; when will there ever be any mystery? Will there ever be anything left to imagination? You know where your partner is, what they’re doing, what they’re eating, who are they hanging out with. At the end of the day, when the both of you come back home from work or from a girls/boys night out, do you really have anything to talk about? You’ve already texted, snapped, selfied, instad and Facebooked everything there was to talk about. What next? How do you fill the gap?

Social media has many benefits, to that I agree; but many a times, social media has just ruined things for us. The number one example I can think of are the assholes who ruin Game of Thrones for me. I literally go on a social media hiatus from Monday morning to Monday night (until I can crash on the couch with the hubby and watch the episode with him together) to avoid spoilers. I mean why? Why do you need to be an asshole and spoil it for the world? I believe, social media should be used for socializing, not publishing things about your life. There needs to be some mystery, something left to the imagination, some secrets and some spice left to your lives. I believe social media should be used for the good and to bring to people powerful messages and the occasional funny cat pictures and memes, but not to spoil stuff for people, or to promote racism or to humiliate people or to publish every single, tiny, sordid little detail about your life.

I am an avid user of social media, and I think it helps a lot, but only if it is used right. Identity theft, phishing scams, catfishing etc. are all criminal activities that happen via social media and people fall prey to them. We get a little too careless, a little too open and a little too transparent about our lives to remember that people could be following our feeds, creepy people, psycho rapist killer people. No, I am not kidding here, there have been many stalking cases and many identity thefts using people’s pictures and information off social media. There have been filthy morphs and fake profiles to demean people or pursue revenge with someone. All I ask is that people be careful with their information. Apply privacy filters. Accept only people you know. Stay safe, because the virtual world can harbor crime too.


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