Komorebi post– In an era, which Facebook Instagram addiction is common. In India, more and more people are spending extended hours on daily bases on such platforms. How many likes do you have on your status? How many comments are important factors in the virtual social life.
The statistics Portal estimates around 259 million active social media users in 2019. The most popular social networks in India are YouTube, Facebook, followed by social messaging app WhatsApp. Facebook users alone are expected to reach 319 million by 2021. India’s cheapest internet wave made by ‘Jio is a service provider which provides internet as competitive as 399Rs(5.6 Dollars) for 3 months with 1.5GB data per day and with unlimited national calls.
Komorebi Post- had an interview with Isha, 25 years old photographer with her friend. Both of them managed to find remote freelance photography projects through Facebook. They were both able to showcase their work and earn a living. Isha explains:
‘Social media is a great tool and us, ourselves are responsible for our own happiness through it. It could be a blessing because now you have a chance to learn things which add on to life and make use of it for gaining knowledge either the one you are interested in, or the one you need.’
Sometimes, social media is used and manipulated. It’s not the fault of the people, it’s the fault of the society.
Mob Lynching in India
Since 2017, a wave of mob violence and murders spread in India using Whatsapp message service to circulate rumors and real videos. The Indian express documented 27 murders in nine different Indian states from Assam to Tamil Nadu throughout last year. These mob lynches are well coordinated throughout multiple WhatsApp groups that sometimes send child-abduction messages. The police the report assumes are trying to follow up the groups on the platform. The latest lynching which killed five people Maharashtra’s Dhule promoted the Indian government to use this platform and thus introduce new measures concerning ‘labels on forwarded messages.
Now that we are all active users of social networking sites, it’s our duty to learn about and educate each other about the pros and cons and how to best use it. Social media is a coin that we can flip to the best and the worst sides.