The Role of Social Networking Sites in Today’s Dynamic World
In today’s fast-paced world, where individuals lead hectic lives and are often geographically distant, social networks emerge as indispensable lifelines. Acting as a beacon for those with irregular schedules and demanding responsibilities, social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube offer a seamless means of staying connected. They serve as dynamic channels for communication, swiftly spreading news and gossip, akin to a wildfire in a jungle.
These popular networking sites provide a global stage where individuals have boundless freedom to express their emotions, opinions, and events without hesitation. Students, in particular, find a platform to explore and showcase their talents. Social networks have become an integral part of our daily lives, serving diverse purposes, from education and knowledge-sharing to self-promotion, business enhancement, and connecting with acquaintances worldwide. The advanced systems developed by social networking companies make it effortless to trace old friends and relatives, enabling us to stay updated on their well-being, regardless of their location. In this era of technological advancement, we are fortunate to have everything within easy reach.
Accessing a plethora of news and updates worldwide through social sites is convenient, but it underscores the importance of responsible usage. Understanding the societal and national impact is crucial. Each user bears the responsibility for their contributions, necessitating a thoughtful approach before sharing. Given our inherent social nature, avoiding social networks is unrealistic; however, it is imperative to balance enjoyment with awareness. Amidst the common sight of individuals engrossed in mobile activities, maintaining a sense of responsibility and vigilance is essential on social platforms. Key considerations include understanding the news, its subjects, global relevance, potential recipients of forwarded content, anticipated impact, consequences, and the time required to mitigate them—essential reflections before sharing any events or news on social networks.
Online social networks enable both individuals and organisations to engage with a diverse audience, fostering awareness of ongoing activities. These platforms serve as a common ground, bringing people together to collectively interpret scenarios, contemplate their stance, and decide whether to endorse or oppose discussions and activist movements. Digital connectivity and information-sharing on the web contribute to the formation of virtual relationships within society. As a result, the community acknowledges significant responses and takes action to uphold peace and harmony.
Terrorist activists often leverage social media platforms to disseminate illicit messages and videos, posing a constant societal threat. Government bodies and political parties actively monitor social network subscribers, diligently tracking and tracing illegal activities, including terror threats. Indian cybercrime cells maintain round-the-clock vigilance, working proactively to ensure harmony in the region. As responsible citizens of the country, it is our duty to remain vigilant on social sites and promptly report any illicit activities we come across.
Significant drawbacks of social networking sites include addiction, privacy concerns, misuse of personal information for criminal purposes, a lack of respect and emotional connection, cyberbullying leading to hurtful replies, and fostering low self-esteem. Medical science has demonstrated the interconnection between addiction and the brain’s release of dopamine, a chemical associated with feeling good and energetic. Such chemical reactions occur when engaging in activities that bring pleasure, contributing to addictive behaviours. This addiction has resulted in prolonged late-night exposure to social network sites, escalating the risk of health issues such as migraines, depression, anxiety, irritability, loneliness, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and more.
Observable major behavioural changes in children and young individuals raise concerns, portraying social networking sites as more of a detriment than a boon. Late-night chatting, watching YouTube videos, and responding to illicit content act as slow traps within these network sites. Children become isolated due to excessive use of networking platforms, impacting their interpersonal relationships, neglecting daily responsibilities, and diminishing concentration. As a society, we grapple with these issues daily, and urgent measures, such as the establishment of rehabilitation centres, are imperative to control this growing pandemic of addiction.
Striking a Balance: Navigating Real and Virtual Worlds
Rehabilitation, in this context, involves understanding and striking a balance between real-life relationships and virtual connections—a crucial necessity in today’s context. It becomes indispensable in situations where the demands of work and family life cannot be compromised over social networks. Juggling between these realms may facilitate survival, but genuine living and fulfilling relationships are only experienced in the real world, where we can meet, laugh, and share face-to-face.
To counteract the negative aspects of social networking, taking breaks and engaging in in-person interactions are vital. On social network sites, the absence of cues like facial expressions, body language, and intentions often leads to misunderstandings in lengthy conversations and messages. This can give rise to misconceptions that get mistaken on various occasions. Therefore, sharing short, simple, and clear messages is often better understood, acknowledged, and appreciated.
To promote global peace and fortify diplomatic ties, astute leaders leverage social networks to disseminate their friendships and strong connections. A recent example involves Australian Prime Minister, Mr Anthony Albanese, and his local MP, Mr Andrew Charlton, who shared a positive video on Twitter. The clip showcased their visit to a local Indian restaurant in Harris Park, Paramatta, Australia, where they engaged warmly with the Indian community. This gesture was acknowledged by Indian Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, who was on a state visit to the US at the time. Such instances spotlight the unity of India, around the globe, demonstrating the impactful use of social networks for diplomatic engagement.
Manoj Bist, an accomplished Electrical Engineer with a B.Tech degree, holds 21 years of expertise in overseeing construction and commissioning projects for Transmission & Distribution Networks up to 400KV. With a remarkable 17-year tenure in Oman, he served as Electrical Manager at L&T (Oman) LLC, contributing significantly to projects ranging from 132KV to 400KV Grid Stations, EHV Cables, and Transmission lines. His 14-year journey with L&T (Oman) LLC began as a Site Electrical Engineer, culminating in various leadership roles.
Currently serving as an Electrical Engineer Consultant with L&T – S&L Ltd. Vadodara on the Reliance Jamnagar project since June 2023, Manoj specialises in Grid Stations, EHV Cables, and Overhead Transmission lines. His proficiency includes project execution with multiple shutdowns and managing live Grid station projects. Notable achievements include the successful erection and commissioning of a 48KM 132KV Overhead Transmission line and 132KV Grid Station within an impressive 18-month timeframe. Designated in the Power (SES) department at L&T Power / L&T-S&L, Manoj continues to contribute his extensive expertise to the field, ensuring successful project outcomes.