Social Networking! Not a new term for us and a very well known topic to almost everyone. If we talk technically, it can be defined as the use of dedicated websites and applications to interact with other users, or to find people with similar interests to oneself and the people you know who are far away and close to you. On a wider perspective, this definition can be explained as – Social Networking is the practice of expanding the number of one’s business and/or social contacts by making connections through individuals.
The use of social networking has touched new heights in the past five years especially if we talk about Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter. And here I am not talk about their popularity, but their benefits can’t be ignored.
Real time communication and all such features which are provided by these networks are like a dream come true. The revolution started only with instant messaging, but slowly and gradually, these networks started introducing features like multimedia sharing, video calling and then the most awaited Voice Calling. A person anywhere in the world can now be communicated with within a fraction of seconds. And the most important fact that can’t be ignored is that all these facilities are free of cost except that they just consume your data plan. Social Networking has now overtook the use of SMS. SMS is now lost somewhere-Somewhere in the big black hole of social network.
We are now looking forward to a world where cellular calls too will become obsolete as online voice calls and video calls will take over.
This is only one side of the coin. The other side is often ignored. It can be proved to be dangerous – more or less depending on how one uses the platform. Overuse can cause addiction leading to a phobia of being separated from the electronic gadgets they use for a purpose. It can even cause weak eyesight and sleeplessness (either due to addiction or due to blue light emitted by such gadgets). Sleeplessness can further lead to depression, fatigue and lot more. Overuse can lead to rise in irritability and anger.
There are a number of crimes taking place through these social network these days. Cyber bullying, Stalking, Kidnapping… you name it!
Social networking not only limits the social relations of the people but also make them aggressive than ever before. One has now developed a life limited to his/her home only.
It is difficult to limit the the time being spent on such sites but a firm resolve and friends’ help can be effective to get out of the addiction. If a person is excessively addicted- counselling can help.
Whether social networking is a boon or curse?- This question will always remain unanswered. The only conclusion that can be drawn out is that- It all depends on how we use it!
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