Lots of hope (or hype to be appropriate?) goes into social network/ social media these days. Ask anyone “What is the next big thing in technology?” or “What is the most innovative thing that happened in this decade?”, the answer invariably will be “Social Media, Social network“, ie Facebook, MySpace, Orkut and what not. Everybody wants to be social. It has become fashionable to be net social these days. Gone are the days when people would meet in public places and discuss topics of interests, share jokes and experiences. Now these things happen only on internet through the social networks like Facebook, MySpace and others. It is addiction of a sort, to be social on the internet. Everybody, let it be a boy of school or a grandpa in his 90’s, want’s to be on Facebook these days.If you are not on Facebook, you are not considered social animal anymore.
Unlike the conventional social gathering, where most often if not all the time, you would meet people whom you already knew from before, in the new social network you meet people whom you have never seen in your life sometimes. It is a different issue if the person with whom you are socially interacting on the network is really a person who you think he is in the first place.
Talking of addiction,being on Facebook and creating various social groups is another such addiction. I know some of my friends, who just like creating some blah! blah! blah! group, drag all of their contacts into it, no matter whether they like it or not, and keep posting some junk. By doing so they think they have become some kind of celebrity with several followers. Then arises a rival group formed by some other who drags all people from the former group to his. Then starts the race of number of members in each other’s group, then bitching and abusing each other. I know one friend who does nothing but forms various groups and publishes comments entire day. If no one responds , which is often the case, he replies to his own comments, writes jokes , appreciates them and laughs by himself. While others whom he has drawn to all his groups, just look at his stupidity with fun. He has turned a lunatic, a Facebook lunatic. (more…)