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The social network, boon or bane?

chandigarh Updated: Nov 09, 2014 17:42 IST
Rameshinder Singh Sandhu
Rameshinder Singh Sandhu
Hindustan Times


Modern times have flooded us with numerous modes of communication, but do you agree if the latest means of communication have enhanced our social connectivityStudents expressed their opinions about numerous modes of communication during the GADVASU youth fest in Ludhiana.

This was the topic for the recently held debate at the ongoing inter-college youth festival at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana. Not just speakers, but many from the audience strongly responded by speaking for and against the motion.

Post session, HT spoke to participants and the audience alike, who shared their views with us and painted an interesting canvas on the topic.

Talking about the benefits of social media, one of the students mentioned, “Latest phones and many other gadgets keep us busy in many ways. One of them is by enabling us to keep in touch with all our friends and relatives. This has only brightened up my life.”Stressing on the need of social networking sites, Ravneet and Priya Bahri, said, “In our present fast paced lives, it is not possible to meet everyone face to face. However, through Facebook, Twitter or WhatsApp, one can get in touch with anyone anytime and above all one can find and get connected with childhood friends. Considering marketing and business purposes, it is the easiest tool to promote different products and services,” say the two.

Gurkaranveer Singh, a student, who aspires to study in US, talks about virtual chat rooms available on various websites of these universities that allows him to solve his queries.“Modern communication sources are very helpful. Through virtual chat rooms, I got a lot of attention. During exams, through WhatsApp groups, we shared and exchanged most of our notes on it,” says Singh. Highlighting the negative effects of social media and on the dependency on such mediums, Jagdeep Saini says, “With so many modes of communication, we all feel that we are lucky but the ground reality is that we have become slaves to these modes. We are glued to one gadget or the other, round the clock. Even kids are not behind. Rather than playing outdoors, they are busy creating social network profiles.”

Sharing similar views, Raja feels that as we all are deeply engrossed in the social network, it has hampered personal bonds.“With every advancing day, warmth and real connections are sinking,” he says.
Gurleen Kaur agrees and says, “According to my research on the Internet, 56% of the people on social media are addicted to Facebook. They might not be connected to loved ones in the real world. And, when it comes to mobiles, they are more important than anything else. However, to get rid from the shackles of slavery resulting from modern means, we need to wake up,” says Kaur.