“The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.”- Eric Schmidt
Back in the days, when the term internet was unheard of, communication, be it inter-personal or intra-personal , was having a direct approach rather than now in the 21st century where communication is virtual. Though Internet has been a never ending hype in the society with an unlimited range of benefits, but there are some glitches and loopholes which are shadowed by the benefits and hence haven’t been brought up to an extensive discussion ending with some necessary resolutions to curb the disadvantages.
The one part of the internet which is at an all time trending among the youth is the frenzy apps and websites of Social Media like Facebook, Whatsapp , Twitter, etc. There were a few reasons behind the creation of these “Necessary Evils” which included the breaking of stereotype barriers, invoking cross cultural mindsets , promoting freedom of ideas, expression and speech ;connecting people from different parts of the world and it promised to serve as an open media and platform for expansion of business and startups. After the dawn of the Social Media in the fast paced developing digital world, millions of users became a part of this so called “revolution”. However what we have lacked to understand that digital world is virtual and it hasn’t been able to provide complete transparency and authenticity.
Social media curve has been inversely proportional to privacy, as teenagers often tend to publicize their entire lives for the world to watch and which often has led to cause an Identity crisis due to the ever changing mindsets of people based on the trends in social media . Back when Social Media was non-existent, people used to have had a potrait of themselves which defined them which has now changed to a customize-able character over the internet as if we are living in a simulation and our brain is fixed in some time warp. The people are lagging behind in misinterpreting as their profiles over social media to be a version of them which would appeal the crowd of their own parameters , rather than their own self thus giving rise to trust issues and fake identities which can be poised to be a serious crime when concerned with the label of cybercrimes.
In the medley of blues of Facebook, the need of trust has been exiled from our thoughts as the reports of numerous abuses , cyberbullying , fake profiles and ill treatment along with body shaming has been piling up in the stacks however we as self-proclaimed to be responsible citizens fail to address the threats posed by these Social Media websites.
In 2008, Jessica Logan, a teenager from Ohio, apparently decided to send her nude pictures over to her boyfriend who betrayed on her resulting in spreading that picture like a wildfire, which resulted on Jessica being taunted , bullied and pronounced with unhealthy names, ultimately leading her to commit Suicide.
This is just one of the several instances out there.
“Serious crimes linked to social media including murder, blackmail and paedophilia are now being reported to police at a rate of one every 45 minutes”-this was the headline of a very informative article published in 2015 regarding cybercrimes primarily linked with social media.
A Sunday people probe has revealed a 149 per cent rise in offences involving Facebook and Twitter since 2010.One of the most shocking cases was the murder of Ashleigh Hall, 17, by serial sex offender Peter Chapman after the fiend groomed her on Facebook.Sex crimes involving social networking sites have more than quadrupled in the past five years from 354 in 2010 to 1,549 in 2014,their research shows.
And with the increased threat of Hackers, privacy in the digital world is a goal which is as difficult to achieve as finding a needle in a haystack.
According to Cornell University’s Steven Strogatz, social media sites can make it more difficult for us to distinguish between the meaningful relationships we foster in the real world, and the numerous casual relationships formed through social media. By focusing so much of our time and psychic energy on these less meaningful relationships, our most important connections, he fears, will weaken.
Though on a positive perspective, social media acts as a broadcast in this dynamic fast paced world , serves as the Fort Knox of Ideas and Facts, and has a new horizon to be discovered from the realms of Internet but the grave issues which diminishes the advantages of the internet era should be attended to and these demons should be exiled for a better tomorrow and a safer utopian digital world.