Saturday, October 10, 2015
The Social Experiment - Kind a failing
It so happens that things which are of our aid actually become things we swear by.
Take for example FaceBook , as a platform. If was initially started as a replacement for hi5 , Orkut of the worlds with a much better interface and a host of features which are more of an engagement .
The whole idea was to be in touch , in our busy lives and share moments which define us.
The idea was never to replace a personal conversation, a birthday greeting via a phone or in person or for that matter a break-up publicly by unfriending / blocking someone.
I am amazed to see myself that we have actually made platforms like these valued more than individuals,emotions or the world in general.
Pictures are shared not with a purpose to capture a moment but to see which one can make a cut and cross and have more number of likes. A new born baby on a hospital bed suddenly is on a platform like this with people pouring in with comments and likes. A long good friendship is suddenly cut short because one persons is seen with his / her ex and gets blocked / un-friended and the two are no longer together .
We spend so much of our time on such platforms that we have actually stopped meeting people. Calling someone and wishing them and having a 2 minute conversation on a special day is too much to ask for.
One would prefer sending a message or a ping or may be a just wall message.
If I ask someone when was the last time you did a good deed may be at your nearest NGO or with people from a slum , high chances are this would draw a blank . We are not even realizing the amount of time we spent is actually not worth it . Besides straining eyes on flashy screens and randomly clicking on trending pictures, videos or links or liking statuses which have no positive impact . We are just doing what everyone is doing .
A chance conversation with one of the associates who told me that she used to spend more time on social media than with her 3 year old son . When she realized, a hard step was what she could think , was to close her account and disconnect from this entire thing .
Now , seeing her kid grow is more than anything to her. We are an independent thinking population . Let's see how good we are at regaining our own self's.