There is no doubt, the handheld devices have made our teens very crazy towards social media networks, like Facebook, twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and many more. No doubt, among all Facebook and WhatsApp have taken them to the edge of social isolation, less family interaction and physically shutdown.
There is agreeable that social media has provided space for digital citizenship where anyone from any corner of the world can interact in minimal time span. While it is also true that it becomes problematic, when teens are lacking balance in their everyday lives, indulging themselves in texting, posting, tweeting etc. to the exclusion of other activities like exercise, seeing their friends in person and getting out of the house. These habits thus second the health issues. However, socialising through a virtual world does not meet the true aspects of socializing and create a huge gap, where a person is afraid to host a real world with all real challenges.
The parents and elders in our context have very less and minor understanding about the effective use of technology in networking and education are less aware about the negative sides of this contemporary communicating tool. Due to this fact, the opportunities enabling parents to keep watchful-eye on their younger ones i.e. Parental-check control are either being neglected or utilized lesser.
The reason behind teens’ craziness toward social media is, its appealing features like watching and posting self-made videos, taking symmetric and asymmetric photographs in single click and instant texting tools using personal devices. This world of fascination depicts unreal pictorial scenarios, that takes our youth to applause agreeably for hallucination. The acceptance of the day-to- day trends of clicking, lead them to lower degree of discrimination with that to capture for knowledge or awareness.
Being novice and less ready towards virtual world, who have not been exposed to blessing and curses of modern technology. Some of my observations are as under
Our teens have forgotten to enjoy the sunshine and charms of open world.
The assumptions and comments I have made in this article are based on my personal experience and discussions took place with some of my teachers, friends, students and teenagers. Who feel they have been sucked by the whirl of modern technology. Yes, it is equally true that it has become a fashion and need of the time for young, old and people of all ages.
Finally, parents, teachers, community leaders and family elders are requested to educate the young children and school going students, how to spend a good life in this modern world, benefiting from all novel means of information and communication, without reaching to the edges of social isolation, less family interaction and physically shutdown.
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