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CA Dr Sunil Gupta
Enhanced contacts, still diminishing relations 02 July, 2014
The drive to stay in touch with near ones, to share emotions and views, to fetch appreciation, and to mark a distinct presence is what that has brought in the unimaginable success to web-interaction platforms. Who could have anticipated that a non-manufacturing concern, Facebook, would one day become one of the most prosperous brands over the globe?

For sure, the world has now contracted; thoughts and feelings are flowing through quickly, easily, and in affordable way; and almost everyone is aware of everyday happenings. But has this knowledge bettered our lives, or has it contributed to an adverse milieu wherein our opinions and relationships have tapered.

I can see young faces, with many who haven?t even stepped out of their school days, troubled with lesser likes and comments on their social networking page. I can see people making contacts across borders; however the communication lacks passion and devotion. I can also witness bloggers and news-makers sharing new thoughts; however the pace of creativity has not multiplied in the same proportion.

Quite amazingly, people now remember more birth dates, anniversaries, and events; however the purity of blessings and presents has diminished. Even with enriched means of communication, why do I observe that people are more bothered, disordered, and rushed?

The new management books talk about the pluses that have been brought in by technology wherein a manager can share feedback with the subordinate via a mail message. I wish this message could also have the power to send across the real mood and hopes of the sender. I would rarely trust the words of anyone who says that his father taught him the first lesson to drive a bicycle via a text message.

Indeed, I appreciate the revolution brought in by computers, the ease of working and concluding a consignment, the trimmed down prospects of errors and frauds; however when augmenting personal communication via technology is talked about, I dissent.

Now many may advocate the role of this webpage, wherein I am able to share my opinions, but how many of them are truly moved with any of my questions, is the area of my concern. You would approve that we go through only the topics of our likings and leave the rest untouched. Can you recall which picture you last liked on your Facebook page?

Or for that matter, were you truly boosted when you last interacted with your overseas based cousin? I, in no way, oppose the use of digital media in our day-to-day lives; however when this platform surpasses our customary communication tools, I am a bit tensed.

Also, when I come across the vibrant blood of the country juggled with social networking platforms rather than envisioning ground-breaking proposals, I am bothered about the upcoming days of our society. Trapped on the twentieth floor of an apartment, with high-speed internet connectivity, many of us disremember the fact that we aren?t connected, rather we are all alone.

The real area of concern is not the prevailing technological means of communication, rather our excessive dependence, which has widened the emotional gap, is what that needs to be structured. Finest use of technology in terms of sharing creative proposals, along with ensuring that our traditional means of communication are not overshadowed, is the need of the hour.

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About The Author
A Chartered Accountant by profession and Director on the board of Punjab National Bank (PNB), General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC) and Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC). Dr. Sunil Gupta is working flawlessly for the economic and social prosperity of India.
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