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Life beyond social media in 2019?

04 Jan 2019 06:02am IST

Report by
Rohan Keni

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04 Jan 2019 06:02am IST

Report by
Rohan Keni

Like any other year, 2018 was another year where we lived in a world where technology helped us make connections at lightning pace, with social media giants standing at an arm's distance. However, with technology gaining the upper hand in our society's future for 2019 and beyond, we should also realise that this development in technology is also bringing about a decline in human interaction in society   one which can be detrimental to human contact and connection, harming mental health as well. 

In the past, conversations and relations among people seemed interesting with people making consistent eye contact and sharing life experiences. However, in recent times, a technological addiction to social media on smartphones has seen us neglect people and conversations at face value, all to focus on strengthening popularity on social media or on trying to build virtual bonds with people.

Today, we get hooked with technological connection and neglect human connection, as we fail to realise that, sometimes what we crave for is right in front of us, as in better words, we neglect personal face to face connection, and side towards technological importance. This conversational negligence has also led to social repercussions, as in 2018 many psychological journals and companies reported a rise in mental illness among the youth and other age categories, signaling people suffering from depression and social isolation.

The misleading perception of social media having the primary purpose of building and creating connection has brainwashed human beings into falsely believing that social media and not human contact is what will help in building relations. Whereas in reality, social media is more ambiguous than one's feeds, stories or posts, as though it may help people connect with people from around the world, it also risks and harms one's ability to build true friendships, as unlike online-chat-based friendships on social media, true friendships are formed through personal contact and lifelike memories or moments.

Moreover, another deceiving pride in trying to attract as many friends as possible on social media channels has also impacted a person's mental health, as the event of witnessing another user having more likes, or views can sometimes make a person seem less popular or less prominent, creating feelings of sadness and even jealousy. Moreover, in better words, the influence of social media sees people become products who are waiting to sell themselves at higher prices to other people, thus forming a social status battle with people which ultimately doesn't help users create bonds and leads to a decline in one's mental health and one's true friendships.

Finally, as we welcome 2019, we need to realise that though different people will have different ideas and goals regarding social media, I believe that with the constant rise in tech-related mental illness and isolation, human contact and not social media is what draws the design of relations.

Ultimately, we should realise that human contact is not a source of societal competition but a source of societal connection.

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