The so­cial me­dia dilemma

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

T he ad­vert of in­ter­net has cre­ated a space for the in­tro­duc­tion of so­cial me­dia which in­cludes face book, twit­ter, LinkedIn and many more. So­cial me­dia is usu­ally de­fined as web­sites and ap­pli­ca­tions that en­able users to cre­ate and share con­tent or to par­tic­i­pate in so­cial net­work­ing.

The in­ter­net and so­cial me­dia pro­vide peo­ple with a range of choices and ben­e­fits to em­power them­selves in a va­ri­ety of ways. Many peo­ple can main­tain so­cial con­nec­tions and support net­works that oth­er­wise wouldn’t be pos­si­ble, and can ac­cess more in­for­ma­tion. The com­mu­ni­ties and so­cial in­ter­ac­tions peo­ple form on­line can be in­valu­able for bol­ster­ing and de­vel­op­ing peo­ple’s self-con­fi­dence and so­cial skills.

So­cial net­work­ing ser­vices can pro­vide an ac­ces­si­ble and pow­er­ful tool­kit for high­light­ing and act­ing on is­sues and causes that af­fect and in­ter­est young peo­ple. So­cial net­work­ing ser­vices can be used for or­ga­niz­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, events, or groups to showcase is­sues and opin­ions and make a wider au­di­ence aware of them.

It acts as a very pow­er­ful tool and works mostly out­side the pe­riph­ery of the main stream me­dia.

How­ever peo­ple can al­ways use the so­cial me­dia in the neg­a­tive ways. The re­cent up­load­ing of the pic­tures of the Bumthang vic­tims which went vi­ral over the so­cial me­dia was a mat­ter of great con­cern. The po­lice au­thor­i­ties have been cracking down on those who are cir­cu­lat­ing the pic­tures and will be charged un­der ma­li­cious mis­chief.

But the greater is­sue here is the moral re­spon­si­bil­ity of the in­di­vid­ual us­ing the so­cial me­dia. It is said that so­cial me­dia needs a bet­ter man­age­ment right from the in­di­vid­ual level. The other thing that might be more im­por­tant is the aware­ness pro­grams that are needed to be pro­vided to the gen­eral pub­lic .The re­spon­si­bil­ity to use it in the right way starts from us. It is in­her­ent to the in­di­vid­ual to use so­cial net­work­ing con­struc­tively to the norms that suits our so­ci­ety the best.

Re­spon­si­ble, sen­si­ble use of so­cial net­work­ing ser­vices can re­sult in lots of fun, catch­ing up with old friends, and mak­ing new business con­tacts.

How­ever it is al­ways ad­vis­able to use this im­por­tant tool in the right way that will ben­e­fit the in­di­vid­ual and so­ci­ety at large. We must be ex­tra care­ful in the ways of us­ing it in the right way as who knows you may be the next vic­tim.

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