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Curse of social networking is destroying young generation
Everything you write is clearly visible for the world to see (and yeah this is despite all the privacy settings). The pictures you post can be copied and edited (if you can't do it with SAVE AS you can do it with print screen).
ORKUT, FACEBOK, Toostep , Bluechip Experts , Multiply , Ibibo , Ringo , Hi5 , Stumble upon , Connecture , Plaxo , Tagged , Brijj , Joso , Yaari , Myspace , Wayn, Bebo.. social networking is slowly taking over face-to-face communication, as people prefer expressing themselves online. Communication has become rapid, but at what cost. Perhaps at the cost of personal interaction.
 
Well I tell you my younger brother and sister, who are not yet 18 but have orkut acctounts, check their accounts every 2 minutes, when they are on a PC, even though they receive not more than 1 scrap a day. And when not on PC, they would call me and ask me to check their orkut scrap.

If you observe carefully, the extent of outdoor physical activity has also declined in case of school going children. As social networking becomes a topic of discussion for youngsters, most of them want to be alive and kicking on the network and share their likes and dislikes with people. This has given software developers another reason to come up with innovative applications in tune with the contemporary lifestyle, and youngsters overuse these applications and compromise their social life by constantly updating their profile to let people know how ‘cool’ they are. This is also one of the main reasons why personal interaction has been affected to a great extent.

 
 
While teens are spending more and more time on social networking sites - with 22 percent saying they check their sites more than 10 times a day - they don't seem to be aware of the long-term personal havoc they could create with a click of a button.
 
 
Teenagers don't always self-censor online; they may bully classmates, for example, or post risque photos of themselves or their peers.
 
 
"If you're not in the same place as the person, it just feels less personal; it's easier to do mean things," It's almost simulated behavior. You can be risky and do riskier things in a digital context."
 
Yet there can be enormous consequences., whether we like it or not, kids live in the 24/7 digital world It affects virtually every aspect of their lives."
 
 
It's a "playground with no parental supervision," and most of the teens demonstrate risky behavior online.
 
 
"What is to worry is that most of the kids will give out information that should be kept private, thinking they may be doing so privately. That information could include their address, phone number or when the family will be taking a long vacation.
 
"People forget that everything they say online is a public postcard."
 
 
* Did you know that nothing on the internet goes away?…ever! That’s right, websites are essentially archived. So I can find those pictures you posted long after you have deleted them.
 
 * Everything you write is clearly visible for the world to see (and yeah this is despite all the privacy settings). The pictures you post can be copied and edited (if you can't do it with SAVE AS you can do it with print screen).

And if in case your account gets hacked into (which seems to be the trend of the day), it can lead to various embarrassing situations like the hacker posting slangs and gross messages through your account.

* The worst bane of all is addiction to such sites. I personally know people, who wait for their scrap counts to increase and even COMPETE with each other to see whose scrapbook touches 10000 scraps first. So basically each moment they are online is "devoted" to this activity.

Above all it is a waste of time. People these days are exploiting the net available to them at work on orkut and such sites . We don't get anything new or informative to learn from such sites .

I see people adding 800 or more friends and being happy about it, I don't understand the need of having huge friend lists. 99% you don't know about, you don't talk to, but you can say they are my friend because they are in my friend list?? That's the rubbish things Social Networking brings with it. I won't blame the creators, they made these for good purposes, but the people using it need to understand how to use them.

It is not about just sending couplets and nice looking pictures to people in your friend list with a bulk scrap system. Only call them when needed and respond when they ask with exceptions of special news/events. Otherwise, when you don't receive a reply after continuing a conversation just for the sake of continuing, that will hurt you badly and will also affect the relationship.

 
 
Let technology not master you. Talk to people personally or over phone, get engaged in face-to-face communication and use social networking within limits to balance your life.
 
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