Facebook: Does it Connect People or Increase the Gap?
The advent of computers has revolutionized the way technology progressed. The advent of internet has brought in more luxury to the users. We should acknowledge the power internet has exerted over people’s lives and the way these technological advancements have drastically changed almost all realms of functioning. Yes, social media networking is one amongst the many revelations that has completely touched everyone’s life without an exception. Social Media has thrown open newer avenues to people, at the personal front and at the professional front.
Talk of social media and the first thing that comes to mind is Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg’s brainchild. Is this a boon or a bane to the users wherein most of them are on the verge of getting branded as addicts and a sizeable percentage of them are already neck deep into it!
Facebook has caught on like fire for the kind of features it came in with and became a huge hit with all age groups.
What does it basically do?
This social networking platform facilitates the users to send friend requests to known and unknown people after they have created a user profile. Posting statuses, photos, sharing videos and playing games…there are so many things people can do on this platform. One could join groups and also conduct business too! As more and more number of people are creating their accounts in Facebook, it has become extremely easy to search for people by their names and get connected with them. Long lost friends, separated at school friends, neighbors with whom you have lost total touch…you can find them all through this platform.
In short, this is the best thing that has ever happened to us people. Just imagine you are in touch with almost all your friends, family and relatives and colleagues too. With smartphones ruling the roost, all of us have it in our hand. The obsession has reached such a stage that people look into their Facebook page once in every 5 minutes or even lesser time.
Has Facebook pushed us all into hypocrisy?
In an effort to get in touch with those people whom you have lost touch; there is a tendency to neglect those people with whom you are staying. People are spending hours together boring into their small screens, or screens of varying resolutions rather, trying to peep into others lives, commenting in superlatives where it actually does not need a mention.
By spending hours together on the platform and neglecting close and immediate people at home, in office, are we not carving a niche of aloofness around ourselves? These are serious issues we need to ponder upon. The question again arises as to whether it is a boon or a bane.
Anything in moderation will be a boon and anything in excess will be a bane. Studies have shown that the pictures posted and shared on FB have created havoc in many a people’s lives. People those who are having troubled lives started getting even more depressed and insecure looking at the happy pictures of others. There have also been cases wherein relationships broke because of the posts on FB.
As mentioned earlier, this platform is to get connected with people. Do stay in touch but learn to exercise moderation. Excess of anything turns into poison. The same applies to Facebooking too! Stop poking your nose into the lives of others for you are not only turning out to be an extremely curious person, you are also not using your available time in a fruitful manner.
To conclude, no doubt Facebook connects people. But, it is also increasing the gap because of the N number of hours…productive hours that people are spending and wasting on it. Facebook is up there with a purpose; its owners are raking in the moolah. But it is we users who have to decide how effectively we are going to use the platform.
Drawing the line at the right place is the biggest challenge that we are facing!
I have completed 30 years of teaching and research in psychology at the Department of Psychology and Parapsychology, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India.