In the 1960s and 70s the “internet” was created, which I think is one the most important invention of humans in history. It has the significance like that of Flint Spears to early humans, or like bulb to us today. If we compare the First internet network to the network we have today, it has a huge difference. With the emergence of internet came new types of social connection channels which we know today as social media platforms.
As Sophocles said “nothing vast enters the life of mortals without a curse” Social media and the internet have given many benefits to human kind. Today we have connections far and wide without the need of any physical connection. In a single click we can find answers to our questions, we can study online, we can make new friends. We can have new opportunities which we didn’t had before internet and social media.
The flip side of the social media coin is shocking. The social media platforms which were intended to bring humans closer are now the weapons of mass destruction. Not only time wastage, cyber bullying are the problems but the real problems are huge.
Today we are glued to our screens in our own little bubbles, unaware of what’s happening in the real world. The amount of time we spend on physical activities has dropped drastically. Another major problem is data theft, our data nowadays is being manipulated without our knowledge for profit of large tech companies.
A very favorite quote of mine from the social Dilemma is “ if you are not paying for the product, you are the product”. We can prevent many unpleasant events if we just keep our social media footprint to a minimum. As we cannot stay disconnect because internet is like a necessity of 21st century, we should just use social media and internet when needed. Overusing can cause addiction and many other pyshical and mental problems.
As the CEO of Mashable said “Privacy is dead, and social media hold the smoking gun.”.. STAY WOKE people!