Identity Crisis by Facebook, Twitter etc.???

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The eternal question that thinkers have been trying to answer since ages is: who am I? No matter how much we have tried to answer it for ourselves, we have not been able to satisfy ourselves. Our life, what all we do and how we carry ourselves is an act towards establishing our identity. Struggle was still going on to carve out a niche for our identity when another threat emerged. And if the scientists' latest warnings are to be heeded to, the threat comes from something that after having crept in slowly has now come to dominate our lives. My dear friends, the threat is from nothing else than the repeated exposure to the social networking sites.
According to a report published from London in Times of India (dated 31 AUGUST, 2011), Baroness Greenfield, a Professor of pharmacology at Oxford University, said Facebook and Twitter have created a generation obsessed with themselves, who have short attention spans and a childlike desire for constant feedback on their lives.
Where are we heading to? Let’s think about it for a minute. I am not deadly against usage of such social networking sites as I myself am a user of these websites.
The point is that we should not be too much dependent on such sites. This dependence might lead to an ‘identity crisis’. Moreover, there’s much more to life than being always present online. The charm of being with your near and dear ones can never be replaced by any ‘dead’ website, no matter how popular it is! Why I say ‘dead’ is that the human touch is missing. But a large majority are still enjoying it…we have arrived in a new age!!!

6 comments:

  1. Hi Agree there's a danger that we forget that there's a person behind every icon and that the same manners apply online as face to face ie don't always talk about yourself. There's also a danger that a percentage of the population will relate on line rather than face to face, but I think that for most people it in addition to not instead of face to face engagement. They use it to communicate with people that they normally wouldn't talk to at all - like me to you.

    I'm wondering on what basis Baroness Greenfield made this statement on -' Facebook and Twitter have created a generation obsessed with themselves, who have short attention spans and a childlike desire for constant feedback on their lives.'

    My experience of the facebook generation ( I have a teen daughter and teach in a High School) is that it simply helps kids keep in touch once they've left school, an opportunity we didn't have in such an easy way.

    The shortened attention span is not due to social networking, it's due to a wide variety of factors. I also note that the top kids have as much of an attention span as they did when I was at school, so these blanket statements do not apply to everyone.

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  2. Thx for this great information that you are sharing with us!!!

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  3. New age for sure we are in.. there would be no going back, but at the same time u have said it very rightly..

    am yet to understand the identity crisis fully, will think abt it..

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  4. The telecom companies like Vodafone are increasingly adding on fuel to this identity crisis, the new add " I am always on Facebook" makes it clear,they are doing this for the propagation of business and to make human dead.

    Yes, indeed we have forgotten to stare the nature, the sky, the clouds, playing kids, forgotten to talk to relatives, but we are always on Facebook! What are we doing!!!

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  5. Every generation creates their own story.Twitter and facebook are the mediums to distinguish themselves with other.
    But this trend will too change. That time again will surely come again when we met & hug people instead of commenting and tweeting.

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  6. There is always two sides of the coin.We do not see things as they are but as we are.( I may be wrong.)Pl delete this comment if you find it out of context.

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