Life on Social Media

Life on Social Media

I met a man at an ATM gallery. After withdrawing his cool cash, he winked at me and I smiled. As a beautiful lady who get winks mostly from male admirers, I anticipated the next question when he came closer. To my surprise, he asked a different but simple question, “What's your name on Facebook?”
“I'm not on Facebook”, I lied. He shook his head and walked away. I bet he was wondering why a 21st century babe of my age wasn't on the popular social media, Facebook.

According to pew research conducted during 2014 and 2015, about 94% of youths make use of social media on daily basis. This rate has increased with the advent and popularity of new social apps. Hence, every 1 in 3 youths is on social media.

Social media has served more than its purpose for teenagers and adults alike. Its initial intention of bringing people together through communication has extended to separating people from the real world. This invention evolves in its features— it’s getting more interesting by the day.
Most users of social apps literally live on and sleep with their phones. After all, information is life but even the Holy book admits that there is time for everything. While people suffer from addictions such as sex, drugs, smoking, clubbing, food and the likes, we have people who are dangerously addicted to their phones. Not just their phones, but social media.

Social media apps are wonderful invention. With social media, we keep up with friends and events. In fact, it makes the world a global village. However, the vulnerable ones suffer its versatility. Its function of connecting people with different background, culture, religion, political views and fashion sense, has turned the media to a place for envy, stalking, crime, hate speech, immorality and other vices. Some youths think of nothing productive, all they want to do is go on social media to flaunt the latest treasure they've acquired. This isn't something to be proud of because some of these are vanity and vexation of spirit. The ones, who come on social media for social acceptance, go back and become depressed. We forget the harmonious voice of our friends because we often chat with them.

Some would argue that they don't just text; they also make calls of long duration to hear from friends and loved ones. The truth is this: Less is spent to make calls through social apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook. For your information, the World Health Organisation warned in 2011 that the usage of cell phones may be possibly carcinogenic to humans, especially in children whose scalp and skull are thinner than adult and more vulnerable to radiation.

Most of the life displayed on social media are the handiwork of camera filter, Photoshop, fraud, borrowed pose and many more deceiving skills.

Our youth should be taught the importance of being productive, having a lucrative skill, and time management. Face to face communication is gradually losing its face to phone screen. We must revive the culture of sending letters and travelling to visit our families and friends.

 

©Joy James (Creatively Endowed)

Source: Joy James