A man is least himself when he talks in person. Give him a mask and he’ll tell you the truth.
– Oscar Wilde
Social media is that mask. It is the mask that people use to show you their true color. Let’s talk about the phase that almost all of us have come across, i.e. post-break-up phase. In front of our friends, we act cool and we say that we don’t care about our ex-partner but reality says something else. Questions like ‘Is she single?’, ‘Who’s the new guy?’ & ’Is he better than me?’ This kind of question always ran through our mind. But nowadays, answer to these questions is very simple and just a click away. All you have to do is type in your partner's name on facebook or Instagram and take a detailed look at their photos.
To back this statement, let’s take a look at few statistics. A survey was done in USA colleges two-three years back and the results are pretty fabulous. 83% regularly check their partner's facebook profile, 74% keep an eye on their partner's new partner and 70% people use their friends’ acquaintance to get information on their ex-partner after getting blocked on facebook. Social media is the reason for 20% of divorces in the US. Even companies like mu sigma use facebook to keep an eye on their employees. You post something on facebook which you shouldn’t have and you can get fired from your company.
The same thing has happened with a school teacher in the US who posted her modeling photos on Instagram. Parents of many students complained about her half-naked photos and she got fired from the school. Obviously, I am not blaming Social Media in this case because it’s parents’ fault that they followed the teacher on Instagram. The real question should be, ‘Why were the parents following the teacher’s Instagram account in the first place?’ There are total 11.2% fake accounts on facebook. Beauty intoxicates both the holder and beholder and this triggers stalking.
One of the major reasons why you shouldn’t give out personal information on the internet is facebook’s terms and conditions. One of the points in there says, “We may make friend suggestions or suggest people for you to make friends” other says,” We may pick stories from your news feed and we may add you GPS location” and the most outrageous is,”We provide data to advertising partners or customers”. You must understand one thing about the internet- you are not a facebook user or a customer to facebook or even any social media. You are the product and the buyer is Advertising Companies- their actual customers.
Today, many people in India have started using social media for marriage purposes. You get a complete analysis of a person from what they post. Then they decide whether to marry that person or not. I call it ‘Sophisticated Stalking’. Celebrities like Kardashians or even ‘Workoholics’ star Adam Devine have bedtime routine have witnessed many cases of stalking on Instagram.
That’s what happens when you make social media as your life partner. Kardashians make money by posting the bare pictures and endorsing big brands on Instagram. And their crazy fans and stalkers make this task easy for them. But what do common people get? Nothing. So, think again before posting anything and by anything, I literally mean anything and everything. Because what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. And what happens on Twitter, stays on Google forever.