In this day and age, we have become dependent upon social media and its nuances they to an extent, we have forgotten our real lives. The problem is not restricted to the youth. Older adults, while not in the process of hoarding likes, comments and retweets, are still very addicted to social media. Teenagers and even kids as young as 7 or 8 years old are now on social media and sometimes more ‘famous’ than people who have spent years working to build a reputation.
Different types of social media
Social media varies in the type of people it attracts. It began with the first social media platform – Orkut where people could connect with each other. Initially meant to connect with your batch mates in school and colleges, it became a platform to show where you have been and what you are listening to. Now, Facebook has taken over that and a large number of people – teens and adults alike are addicted to the portal. Offering games and groups to connect with like-minded people, Facebook has been able to connect millions of people across the globe.
The other side is apps like Instagram – a portal meant to share pictures and pictures alone. This has become huge in the last few years with people posting about their travels, luxuries, life and almost everything. Celebs are being paid to post references to various products on Instagram. Higher the number of likes, higher is the payout to these celebs. Not only, that, but you can also actually buy Instagram likes cheap across the world to increase the pay-out.
There is a business-side to social media as well with LinkedIn which aims to connect professionals and people looking for jobs with their dream company. LinkedIn, with its unique proposition has been able to maintain some sort of professionalism till now but it is increasingly moving towards being just another social media platform.
How does it affect people?
People loving posting on these platforms – about their lives, the people they meet and just about anything. However, a lot of these platforms have become a means to declare to the world what you are doing whether or not it is necessary. It may give happiness to some people when they see a large number of likes on their profile pictures – the small thrills they get on the portals. People are also able to connect with those who are like-minded and also learn a lot from the others. Social media is not always bad.
The other side, however, is that there is now limited interaction between people when they meet in real life. It is about taking pictures together of the food or the place and yet, not interacting with them as one should. Leaving out phones behind is something that is long gone. We have become so dependent on these devices to go on social media that we have forgotten what real life looks like. The preference has become an obsession, and it needs to be controlled before it gets too bad for our kids and the next generation.