Statya

Social Media: Facebook.

by Isaac Thani

Social media today has inarguably become an integral part of our lives today; we communicate, learn, catch up with the latest gossips around us, read our news, do business and some even live(virtually online always) on them. This development is an interesting phenomenon of the digital age that needs special study and attention as it will shape our lives and affect the new cultural evolution. My professor said he lives in an absolutely offline regime, and he gave his arguments which were reasonable. But I leave both online and offline, and thanks to social media I am up late into the night writing this post, so I am not like(as we sometimes think, critical adults who criticize the younger generation), but rather a young guy who is trying to find answers to some of my questions, and hoping the answers will be helpful to at least one other person, or introduce an Idea some other.

so I am not like(as we sometimes think, critical adults who criticize the younger generation), but rather a young guy who is trying to find answers to some of my questions, and hoping the answers will be helpful to at least one other person, or introduce an Idea some other.

I will like us to note some facts: 

  1. Social media are very useful to us today.
  2. There is nothing wrong in using social media, or so I believe.
  3. They are tools that in some cases we can not do without.
  4. We can learn on social media.
  5. They can be perfect time wasters.
  6. Just like any tool, they could be used/abused/misused/underused/Xused (X is any prefix that can be added to describe the utility of a tool.
Just a little post a few days ago has turned into a nice experiment(or a test as my roommates will say) that I keenly observed. Everyone on my friend list was being tested, including myself, and no one knew apart from me. It was a regular picture that I consider absolutely normal, but I think was capable of drawing other’s attention quickly. The picture had me and a fellow parishioner photographed after church.
Data
It had the following statistics:
  • 110 likes(I am not soo famous)
  • 18 comments
  • The comments varied a lot in the message, some sarcastically cheering, some surprised, some inquisitive, some just passing(do not know how to classify them, but they were copy-and-paste ‘just passing’).
  • 17 of those who commented had not messaged me for a month, some years, and some never. My reply was the 18th comment.
This is very interesting for me, even though still too small to make any conclusions,

I could make some bold statements and some hypothesis.

  1. Social media can connect us, but has a higher probability of creating just a mirage of connection.
  2. Social media promotes superficiality more than anything else.
  3. We often work for free on these platforms, generating contents that would literary be sold(our private data)
  4. Many of us are social media gossips. And I mean it.
  5. Many of our activity(in this case our comments) on social media are useless.
  6. Most times when we use social media we are not utilizing the social media for creative activity/and productive* tasks.

The observation continues…

*Depending on what productive means in a given context, many may/will argue this straightaway.
 You are free to drop in your comments.
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