Social Media: A Curse or A Boon?

Social Media: A Curse or A Boon?

Social Media: A Curse or A Boon?

By Simon Singhal

Social media has not only made sudden changes in the communication industry but also redefined the way we express our views and expressions globally. Nowadays, social media has become an integral part of our life. Social media applications like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp have gathered people together on their particular platforms to express one's feelings across the world. Not only individuals but also private and government sectors are utilizing social media platforms to engage and remain in touch with people so that people can get to know about its policies without any complication. Social media is serving as an instant communication medium between family and friends and provide with important and latest news and information. 

Social media has created new avenues for learners who never existed before the rise of social media. Governments in many countries are using social media to engage its citizens and gather their support to know about their views on existing and upcoming policies for effective governance. The social media users were 486 million in 2002, but in 2019 according to the latest update, there are more than 5.586 billion users across the world. 

Though social media offers a global platform to share and express, its constant engagement is affecting an individual’s productivity and relationships. The data we share on social media platforms thinking it to be a safe medium of communication with our information being safe, but the recent facebook cyberbullying case, with our information being leaked to several companies for their use, the terrorist’s organizations using social media platforms to widespread their propaganda. Addiction has scientifically been proved to be harmful for human’s existence, and with times getting more and more dependent on social media platforms for human contact won’t only rip us off of our relationships but also will make us slaves to its use. Addiction, when not cured, becomes a life-threat.