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Social Media: A Boon Or Curse




Let's back out a few decades and visualize our life without long video calls of loved ones abroad, late-night chat with friends, or with no social networking sites.  
It Seems cruel right?. This could be our certainty without Social media.
Basically' social media is an internet-based form of communication. Which holds platforms like blogs, networking sites, photo and video sharing sites along with messaging in a flash, podcasts and what not! 

Social media has become one of the most pre-eminent and youth-friendly 
in a short era. It has come forth like an ocean of opportunities and possibilities to juvenility generation, youth, kids, and people of all ages. 

The educational content on platforms like Youtube and Byjus has helped students around the globe in the critical Pandemic situation of Covid 19. it has made access to information very comfortable and convenient. Live classes were made possible due to the Zoom app. This app also conducted business meetings digital clubs and much more. The Internet community has always been the scope of people to showcase their talents and abilities and thus achieving recognition and honor.

Social marketing, Ad campaigns, and advertisements on social media have helped businesses excel and attain greater heights and connect to an audience abroad.

A cluster of career possibilities are available to eligible and qualified aspirants on these platforms and also offers jobs to people with no practice and work from home facilities.
Ever imagined finding your life partner online? Even this is made possible with the help of Matrimonial websites like 'Bharat Matrimony' and Shaadi. com 
Social media assists you bestow your expertise, it allows you to talk about what you know and what you are known for. Social platforms are known to heighten your organic visibility.
It's also A true platform to connect with people across nations.
Faster and easier communication is the backbone feature of internet media. People at one end of the world can connect to people at the other end in few clicks. Moreover, distance is not a barrier anymore. Far away people can view what is happening in one's life through Instagram stories. Is this not a phenomenon? 

Social media and mobile apps have been a vital contribution to the country's economy, which roughly is 16% of India's GDP in 2020.

On 2nd September 2020, 118 Chinese apps were forbidden by the administration due to " Prejudical to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of the state and public order" under section 69A of the Information and Technology (IT) act. The banned apps involved some popular social networking sites and apps like Tik Tok, shareit, Shein, and Pubg. Under the 'Atma Nirbhar Bharat' Act, Similar apps were developed in India and built the dignity and self-esteem of the Nation.

'Arogya Setu'an Indian app was launched on 2nd April 2020' to keep people informed about the potential risk of Covid 19. It helped reduce the spread of the virus by informing users about cases in the geographical area. The app also informed people about the public welfare schemes. 
A social networking site 'Facebook' launched by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004 is a photo-video sharing site that helped millions connect with loved ones and businesses reach great lengths by Online marketing. 

Instagram stores have been the spine for Policy of 'Vocal For Local' as it empowers small businesses on a tiny range and handmade assets, artworks of professionals, and so on... 
In recent times, social media is considered one of the most significant Platforms to attain wisdom, learn new skills, stay in touch with people and make new friends.

Online portals are full of possibilities and opportunities ... but as Good and bad are two flips of the same coin, many negative things about social media cannot be avoided.

The excessive use of social media leads to a lot of mental, physical and social problems 
Despite having unique advantages, social media is considered to be one of the most harmful elements of society. If the use of social media is not monitored, it can lead to grave consequences.

It is harmful because it invades your privacy like never before. The oversharing happening on social media makes children a target for predators and hackers. It also leads to cyberbullying which affects any person significantly. Cybercrime holds hacking, access to one's personal information, email bombing, and cyber-terrorism.

Thus, the sharing on social media especially by children must be monitored at all times. Next up is the addiction to social media which is pretty common amongst the youth.

This addiction hampers with social media leads to the low academic performance of a student as they waste their time on social media instead of studying. Social media also creates communal rifts. Fake news is spread with the use of it, which poisons the mind of peace-loving citizens.
These days, women don't feel safe on social sites as well due to repeated cybercrime in the case of women so as Profile hacking, photo morphing, shopping scams, information theft, and body shaming with cyberbullying. The constitution has established a " Right to privacy act " under article 21, in which the constitution states 'No person shall be deprived of his life or liberty in society and on social media except according to the procedure established by the law' this means that every person has right to privacy on networking sites and in community.

The dark side of using social media involves a lack of emotional connection, decreases face-to-face communication skills, Diminishes Understanding and Thoughtfulness, reduces family closeness, and promotes laziness.
On average, 448 million people are using social media including 390.1 million WhatsApp users, 290 million Facebook, and 120 million Instagram users.  
In short, social media has both advantages and disadvantages. But, it all depends on the user at the end. The youth must particularly create a balance between their academic performances, physical activities, and social media. Excess use of anything is harmful, and the same thing applies to social media. Therefore, we must strive to live a satisfying life with the right balance. It is fairly said that social media is more about sociology and physiology instead of technology.

-© ROUNAK KAYAL
-© RIDDHI SHARMA
-© SAANJH KAUR NEB

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