With the advent of internet, we’re introduced to a variety of social networking sites like Facebook. The big canvases of communication individually attract and influence us. We feel awesome connecting and communicating with close and distant friends. Earlier, we counted on our friends. Now, we’re busy counting friends on Facebook. However, it’s time to realize the notions of reality and artificiality. We miss our longstanding habit of communication like trunk calls, hand-written letters, telegram or even a humble post-card. Social networking’s become stagnant nowadays. One’s getting bored and feels that it’s a complete wastage of time. It is like playing charade instead of talking. Here are our top 10 reasons why social networking is a waste of time.
10. Too big to manage:
Every Tom, Dick or Harry can’t be your friend. Your friend, your friend’s friend, their friends’ friends and so on; you’re caught in a web. At times, it becomes irritating; it’s an ersatz, meaningless bunch. There is no reason why we should needlessly go on adding friends on Facebook when we cannot even speak with them on phone about anything under the sun.
9. Privacy intruder:
There is greater risk of loss of privacy when you are an extensive user of social networking sites. These sites store all your personal data. Whenever a user writes a post, shares a photo or likes any page, he/she is prompting the data to everyone listed in his/her network and to several agencies that aren’t. These agencies include advertisers, market analysts, social researchers, security agencies and hackers. This information can then be shared with spamming firms.
8. Fake identity:
Most of the people networking on these sites don’t want to reveal their true self but they love to brag. They fake their identity while making a profile, or they simply tell lies while chatting. After knowing the reality, sensitive souls are might get hurt. More importantly many people have fallen victim to cyber crimes.
7. Awkward situation:
At times, you share some photos or videos which you later think were not appropriate. But the damage is already done and you can’t do anything about it. There are several contacts in the list – your colleagues, friends, family, etc. Your image might be perceived differently by each of your friends on social networking sites. If they see you as a sensible human being, they may be shocked to see an image showing your wild side.
6. Everything is public/negative publicity:
While we’re busy networking, we fail to notice that whatever we share or post, everything goes public. Things go viral on net and sometimes they are blown out of proportion. We have to do our image-makeover later, but that’s almost impossible. Social networking sites advertise themselves magnificently; as if they are a paradise for any small or big business, to build more professional contacts. There’s absolutely no truth in it. Those, who make an effort to accomplish their business goals purely through social networking, are actually fooling themselves. Now, people are becoming more aware and don’t believe in everything the social network has to say.
5. Lack of anonymity:
4. Bullying and Scam:
Instances of online bullying have become prevalent these days. These sites are harmful especially for teenagers. There are onlookers who keep a tab on their behavioral pattern and innocent teenagers fall prey to them. There are incidents of emotional blackmail, cyber-stalking or demands for ransom. Apart from this, there can be a potential hazard in terms of security, too. Although many sites add special security features to keep a check on several cases of harassment, online scams and identity theft, there are chances of getting trapped into one of the many frauds.
3. Effects on work, study and health:
If the social networking bug has bitten you, these three dimensions of your life will definitely be adversely affected. Face-to-face conversations in real time are replaced by these well-prepared and easier screen dialogues. Kids suffer from physical as-well-as mental health disorder. Young brains are exposed to these fast-paced keys; buzzing noises or bright lights and they have to suffer from chronic depression and loneliness, their studies may also get hampered.
In today’s fast-paced world, people experience more freedom than their fathers. Freedom is extremely essential, but there are people who often exploit it. Social networking sites provide a good platform to people who seek ‘something new’ outside of their personal lives. Such sites have contributed to divorces resulting from infidelity of one or both partners.
1. Time consuming:
If social networking isn’t your top-interest, then you’re just wasting your precious time logging in to such sites. Social networking is supposed to be fun. Many do not realize when they have become addicted to social networking. Social networking should not become a hurdle in your student, professional or personal life. It’s better to keep your defenses up against the infantilizing effects of technology, lest we start behaving like bonded laborers.