What about the Blue Whale that ex­ists around all of us?

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - UTTARPRADESH - Dr Van­dita Mishra (VIEWS OF THE WRITER ARE PER­SONAL.)

It was only yes­ter­day that I was cu­ri­ous enough to open a video link put up on a so­cial net­work­ing site, which made me un­der­stand what the Blue Whale game is all about!

I was shocked think­ing what would have made some­one de­sign such a thing, and even more sur­prised think­ing what is mak­ing peo­ple at­tempt to be a part of it!

Af­ter a cou­ple of dis­cus­sions with my friends I was cer­tain that this isn’t just about this so called game/app or what­ever you call it, there is cer­tainly some big­ger chaos that is ex­ist­ing which is man­i­fest­ing in the mak­ing, and in peo­ples in­volve­ment in mo­bile apps and games like this!

The wave of get­ting ev­ery­thing fast and the wave to be per­fect is seem­ing to gulp all of us.

For in­stance, the same knowl­edge which came af­ter loads of ef­forts has now come to our fin­ger tips, the same things which were ac­quired by years of hard work are a ne­ces­sity as soon as one starts earn­ing money!

The same love which was nur­tured with time sees it’s high and low peaks within a year or may be two.

The re­sult of any of this be­ing, it makes us hun­gry to get more and un­for­tu­nately we our­selves are un­cer­tain about what that more ac­tu­ally is!

If you are to look at it from a teenage point of view then they are gulped by the peer pres­sure, where ev­ery­one around the child has an “I-brand” prod­uct, a girl/boy to hang out with and a cou­ple of forced ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar cer­tifi­cates.

The un­for­tu­nate ones who prob­a­bly don’t have the above prove their worth by games like the Blue Whale chal­lenge.

But what is caus­ing these teenagers and kids face the peer pres­sure I be­lieve are the young adults, the youth­ful par­ents, who are trapped by an in­vis­i­ble Blue whale them­selves!

The blue whale of get­ting things quick and easy, the blue whale of get­ting the best of ma­te­rial things for them­selves and their kids, the blue whale of show­ing the world that they are as equipped as any­one around them.

Sim­i­lar to the tasks which end one’s life in the game are the tasks we get in­volved into in our real lives, the self-harm of pres­sur­iz­ing our­selves be­yond lim­its to get some pop­u­lar­ity, or may be a prod­uct takes a toll on us and we end up liv­ing a fake and dead life where I can rightly say “Most of us die at 40 but are buried at 80.”

Need­less to men­tion the same ‘legacy’ passed on to the younger gen­er­a­tion as well!

There is cer­tainly a big­ger blue whale and what we see in the re­ports ev­ery day is just a man­i­fes­ta­tion of this in­vis­i­ble whale around us.

We need to put a halt to the real blue whale if we want the games and mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tions to cease.

We need to in­tro­spect and slow down be­fore we are ir­re­versibly trapped by the mon­strous blue whale which is slowly gulp­ing all of us!


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