The Lie We Live

The Lie We Live

Munawar Abbas 

Information and communication technology has changed rapidly over the past 2 decades, a huge amount of information reaches into every nook and corner of the world. Social media influences the society or an individual like any other media, the content and information shared on social media whether correct or incorrect can be taken seriously and create a lot of issues or problems or make people think right or wrong about the issue.

Social networking sites/apps allow you to engage with people you’ve never seen or interacted with. This stimulates to a next level of interest and excitement. Social media has changed the way people interact. In many ways, social media has led to positive changes in the way people communicate and share information, however, it has a dark side, as well. Social networking can sometimes result in negative outcomes, some with long-term consequences.

Social sites and apps encourages people to be more public and share more information about their personal lives, this decreases privacy of an individual. Stalking, identity theft, personal attacks and misuse of information are some of the threats faced by the users of social media. Most of the time, the users themselves are to blame as they end up sharing content that should not be in the public eye. The confusion arises from a lack of understanding of how the private and public elements of an online profile actually work. Unfortunately, by the time private content is deleted, it’s usually too late and can cause problems in people’s personal and professional lives.

Social media can also be termed as The E-World i.e (Electronic world). Most of the users who are profoundly influenced by the social media see it as an opportunity to display themselves as something different, something more superior and sophisticated. This is the point where they start faking and pretends to be someone else. Fake people now have platforms to exhibit their fictional perfect lives and others get enticed. Sadly many of these people get lost in their social media activities and their interest in creating lies and fake bubbles around themselves. Social Media simply takes over their real life and one lie lead to another. Human nature is filled with flaws but this platform gives them an opportunity to re-design themselves. The beauty of originality loses when people wear a mask of fakeness and start living with lies. They maintain both images in real world and in E-world, just because they can never be someone they wanted to be in real life they fake it in E-world. As observing and experiencing, these fake predators build and cherish artificial bonds with those who get fascinated by their pseudo personality; such type of tentative relationship often ends up painfully. However the lies come out at some point because the duplicity eventually reveals itself. The more a person indulges the more they face depression and anxiety. After a heinous experience either a person confines himself or gets drowned into the river of deception. One needs to be more vigilant and calculate the repercussions of blind trust. We need to educate ourselves and youth particularly teens before the situation deteriorate.

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