READER REPORT:

We're closer to the world with social media

APOORVA CHANDRA SHEKHAR
Last updated 05:00 17/05/2014

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It was a gloomy, rainy afternoon when suddenly my phone buzzed loudly to get some of my attention.

A bored working friend of mine tagged me in the 'Look up' video on Facebook and I decided to finish my remaining cup of hot chocolate with the five minute video that almost felt like a moral lesson taught by a school teacher.

Just as the video asked me to, I did look up, only to find an old lady staring at me from across the table, making me feel like a fossil in the museum. Self-conscious as I was, I left the table soon afterwards.

Poor social media. It is blamed for making people less socially interactive or perhaps making them introverted.

Television, which was once known as the 'idiot box', will be rather contented now that it's not being accused of the aforementioned crime.

I understand that social media can, at times, make us forget what we are surrounded by, whether it is the peaceful nature or the happy hymns of our relatives.

But sometimes it's alright to be aware of the latest happenings, unless you are in the middle of a romantic candle light dinner with your partner or a similar delicate situation, of course.

While it is true that we might miss having a face-to-face conversation with a friend, we cannot in ignore the fact that social media linked us to old networks, in some cases mending relationships by sending a simple friend request.

Spreading smiles by sharing a funny video, sharing the joy of a relative's happy occasion or simply appreciating someone online, would not be possible if we weren't blessed with an open platform like Facebook.

Nothing in life should be taken too seriously. Everything is OK as long as we know it's not damaging things that matter the most to us.

We are in a wealthy position if we know we can recall at least five good friends or relatives who would be right on our doorstep during our worst times. If that's the case, whether you want to give up social media or not no longer matters.

It has made to get us closer to the world and it's up to us to decide whether we want to blame it or praise it. And I would praise it.


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