There is no doubt that the advent of social networking site and other digital innovations have brought about a profound and meaningful change in our lives. These changes are profound in a sense that communication and the way in which we interact as humans has fundamentally changed. Today it seems that it is no longer necessary to have a chat at a leading coffee shop down town – we can simply do that at the comfort of our couches on our smartphones. Perhaps, the digital generation is losing the human touch.
Are we becoming anti-social human beings? Are our morals eroded by our smartphones on our finger tips?
Why do I ask such rhetoric and unequivocal questions, you may wonder? I ask these questions in part because I have seen a situation where people are sitting together; being busy on their smartphones with none of the party willing to strike a conversation.
Maybe it is our smartphones and our tablet PCs that makes us anti-social beings.
In the age of such technological advancement our fingers are active than our minds. Our faculties are dormant, our fingers creative, and it is our personality that it is in danger.
I am not insensitive to the fact that social media enhances our ability to communicate and gives us all a voice as individuals, but have we pondered on the dangers associated with this advancement?
Perhaps a question that we should ask and try to answer is this: Does social networking contributes to social and moral decay?
In my uninformed opinion – that should perhaps be informed – there is a strong evidence that social media contributes to moral decay, deterioration of ubuntu and degradation of human dignity to a certain extent.
People abuse each other racially and otherwise on social media platforms. Company resources are being abused despite the presence of social media policies.
In everyday of our lives on these platforms, degradation of human dignity, insults and other despicable events seems to be the order of the day. Social media is turning out to be a catastrophic tool in a mould of a great tsunami. The spirit of ubuntu is indeed in a great disaster.
I am also not oblivious to the fact that human errors in the form of social and moral decay have existed since long before any form of social media.
It seems that we are losing the human touch we used to have when greetings were still extended by a firm handshake – and not sent as tweets and status updates as is the norm these days.
Buddies, the text box in the image above read as “What’s on your mind?”