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My Smartphone, My Tablet PC and my social networks perhaps make me anti-social

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.

Facebook status update

Buddies, the text box in the image above read as “What’s on your mind?”


Posted by on October 4, 2011 in Social Media


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My final status update…

There are about 1 billion people active users of the social media tools in the world. Social media has played an integral role in our lives. Remember how a single tweet inspired the youth of Egypt to gun against their President? It is just beautiful.  It contributes to the new world order.  The shy boy scores the girl by just saying “babe, may I please scan your BBM pin?” After that, just notice how the shy boy changes his relationship status on Facebook the next morning.

Social media is just bliss. Boy, are we in heaven?

The most popular social media tool, Facebook is being used for all sorts of things. Including of course, bragging about how one got full marks on a certain question in management accounting paper. [Really: who wants to know that], but we do it anyway.  While we are still on the issue of  Facebook, let me give you something to think about, have you perhaps wondered what your final status update will be?

Don’t you think that it would be very cool and comforting to read something like this “Greeting friends, post on my wall no more because I am now dead; peacefully resting. Your pokes hurt me no more :)” on which one of your top friends comment “Be Angelic, we miss your lies already! :(”

At TedGlobal 2011, Mashable’s Adam Ostrow delivered an interesting speech on the subject (final status update. The video really gives one something to reflect on. In the middle of his talk he shared something that really made me envy bloggers even more. Take my word when I say bloggers are immortal. Check the picture below about a blogger who instructed his family to update his blog when he finally loses the battle against cancer. It was his last blog post.

Source: Adam Ostrow, TedGlobal 2011 (video)

Intriguing, isn’t it?

What would you like your final status update to be?

Share with me on a comment box below!!!!


Posted by on August 5, 2011 in General


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