Social media, which constitutes of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, are all the virtual handles enjoyed by most of the people in the world. We get access to latest news, fashion, comments made by some, all the sleazy gossips and of course spoilers. With these handles, information travels faster than speed of light (metaphorically), and we are acquainted with the top searches or the topics most discussed in the day.
The usage of these portals to impart knowledge is commendable and highly sufficient. However, there are times, when the power of communication is taken for a spin by the trollers by posting not-so-reliable truths of the society. These trollers have fooled the audience by large, and with constancy. What amazes me is that people are actually willing to spend some of their precious time on this earth doing this stuff that is nothing but questionable in nature.
We have come across posts providing all kinds of knowledge, caution, prayers for sick children, entreaties for ‘Likes’ for someone who is deprived: for each ‘Like’, some organisation will contribute some money. These posts or messages, depending on what platform they have been delivered on, will range from the funny, the idiotic and the bizarre, to the outright dangerous. Making no sense, yet surprisingly, finding many takers. It’s pretty common on Facebook to ‘Like’ a post, just because it is inching towards a hazard or a calamity or some sickness. Everyone wants to help, one like at a time.
What is more amazing is that some people actually read, believe and share them. What can possibly be achieved by creating an image with a three-headed cobra and saying you shouldn’t eat prawns with Vitamin C?
Are people this naïve to comprehend stupidity or when they are being played at? Or are they gullible enough to expect every content to be posted on social media to possess some kind of relevance?
Of late, I came across a post that asked me to ‘Like’ a picture of a sick child and to comment ‘Amen’ for speedy recovery. Well, obviously liking the post would make the child fit and fine, just like the post that asked us to like sick African and malnourished kids. They need donations and better health care services, not n-number of likes on facebook. Apparently, these are the kind of posts that are called the ‘Like’ farming scam. From commercialising sick kids, to threatening the facebook users, the scam does all. All, for nothing but likes on their posts.
I remember, during the Nirbhaya case, we were asked on Whatsapp to put a picture of black dot to solidify our stance on the heinous crime that shook the entire country. However, my stance was already solidified without the black dot, and protesting of the incident by this, seemed a bit too lazy and an ease to the conscious of people who aren’t able to actually solve the problem. I voiced out my concern that instead of putting that picture, one can ensure that such crimes do not occur in their presence, and people should stop acting merely like bystanders. However, I got labelled as the ‘activist-type’ and a snob. Surprisingly.
Apparently, everyone wants to help, and the only reliable and publicised help comes from liking and commenting on the posts. The posts that play with our minds, get our likes, and then behind our backs make fun of the incompetency in us.
In the techy age, do not forget to think and introspect, because that is the only thing that differs us from the robots in the making.
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