Lonely in times of Whatsapp age

Have social networking activities connected us to world or it has made us really lonely? Today telecom companies like Airtel, Reliance, and Idea are coming up with 3G and 4G plans for mobile subscribers. 4G speed facility is at the finger tip of every smart phone user. What next? Despite having 2000 friends on Facebook and 1000 followers on Twitter, so why there is sense of loneliness in the heart?

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Though I have 200 friends on Facebook and 100 followers on twitter, none of them are really active to communicate when I really need some soul to talk. This is not just my sad plight but everyone who is connected online. Whatsapp has enabled us to video chat, message freely anytime and anywhere with any friend we want. But still there is always a sense of melancholy in mind. There is difference between the virtual and real world.

We assume the virtual friends to be close to us when we want to talk freely. But that is not the case. In fact, no one has time for no one. There may be time when the person may be busy, sick or disconnected online. Majority of times, people like to communicate but only for short period. If you expect them to keep their work aside and understand your feelings, then you are heading for a stressful disappointment.

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In verge of attracting online friends, we have disconnected from real friends who don’t have smart phones. Is smart phone really an essential commodity in our life? The presence of smartphone is very essential but the excessive usage of online networking has really disconnected us from real happiness. Instead of connecting with friends in personal, we keep searching for friends virtually. Result!! We end up getting depressive and melancholic. Next time when you feel lonely, join a library, club, gym or bond with old friends in person. Smartphones, Tablets are gadgets to keep us communicated, but they can’t offer you the warmth of friendship that you will get from your real friends. There is nothing harm in having online friends. It is up to us to keep a balance between the real and the virtual world. Let us bring together our hands to pray, write, play and offer a support to the needy ones. The enjoyment of life lies in utilizing our hands for noble purpose than burning our fingers on gadgets. Life is too short to be little. Let us not waste it on being insecure, lonely and depressed. There is more to explore in life apart from gadgets.

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3 thoughts on “Lonely in times of Whatsapp age

  1. This wonderful, wistful write-up has summed up all my feelings and thoughts regarding this burgeoning social network of people that, in reality, has little depth to it. There is no humanity, no essence of friendship and no genuine feelings and concern found in the web of social media applications and websites. These are empty, vividly decorated yet desolate places where people come to bury their solitude but end up only expecting hope from utter strangers who do not even care for them.

    While I do not deny being an avid Facebook, Quora and WhatsApp user, my usage has been limited only to get in touch with the few loved ones and friends, like you Prashant, who actually care about me. And for me, Facebook is just a place where I can write, do some creative stuff and share some poetry and pictures but I do not think of it as a place where people and feelings can be found.

    In fact, as this beautiful write-up points out, conversations on social media are mostly non-existent. Most of the time, you can see that the people, who are supposedly your best friends on Facebook, are either busy with others, or utterly indifferent to your troubles, or not even there for you. The sheer joy and ecstasy of talking to your friend or soulmate with actual words and not typed messages is an experience as compared to the robotic way that we communicate with people on Facebook.

    This crisp and resonant article reminds us of this harsh truth. Brilliant, Prashant.

    To sign off, I would like to sum up the isolation on Facebook with the lines of one of my favourite Pink Floyd songs-
    ‘Hey you, out there on your own
    Sitting naked by the phone
    Would you touch me?
    Hey you, with you ear against the wall
    Waiting for someone to call out
    Would you touch me?’

  2. Same feelings here in my mind about social media and social friends. Brilliant Prashant. So plz do make real friends, do interact with your colleagues. Social awareness is good for your GK but dont make it your dependency.

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