Are social networking sites really social?

Are social networking sites really social?

Social media- Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Quora- sound familiar? Yes. These are the various social networking applications that we use to talk to other people, post pictures, videos, put up our mood’s status and so on. It becomes an addiction; after a while. Meeting new people and talking to them can really be exciting. The fact that they are miles apart, yet we are able to contact them is actually pretty awesome.

Apart from talking to strangers and other new people, we also interact with our own friends via social networking sites, don’t we? Yes, we do. Actually some people get so engrossed in such social media and stuff that they hardly have a real social life anymore. They are always either chatting with their internet friends, posting pictures or putting a status update in every hour. They don’t really seem interested in their real social circle (if they have one) and are fine as long as they have their mobile phones and a high speed internet connection.

But they have their own share of problems. What do they do when they are really in trouble or they are really upset and they just need somebody to hug them? They look around and find no one. Their internet friends are not going to come all the way over to comfort them. The people who are the most popular or active in such social networking sites are actually the loneliest. Their activeness in such social networking acts just as a veil to cover up for their loneliness. Yes, we all get miserable and upset at certain times, but we do have a friend to turn to and cry our hearts out. But some people don’t have this luxury. Their ‘social networking’ image might suggest that they lead a very happy and happening life, but the reality is harsh.

They don’t have real friends. They are very lonely people, struggling to find real friends and let their heart out. Hence, they end up being so active on social media which acts as a distraction for them. They build up their image in such a way that everyone gets attracted to them and they can meet new people over the internet. But for long can internet satiate your thirst for love and affection? You will eventually feel the need for ‘real human beings’ to be beside you. Such is the power of the social networking sites!

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Jui Chaudhary
19 years old, Bong, scribbling maniac, loves reading and a huge Naruto fan.

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