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    VISAKH P.R.
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Technology is meant to be constructive but at times it can be negative too.

Photo: Bloomberg
Photo: Bloomberg

There was a time when folks would come to our homes, have coffee that is offered and cordially invite us to their son’s or daughter’s wedding. Later, people started inviting us over telephone and email.

Now, people no longer have the time or patience to personally invite friends or families. It’s all done on Facebook. They would create an event and send a group invitation to all the friends on their list by the click of a mouse. It’s sort of a “to whomsoever it may concern” mode of communication and everyone has to see it as a personal invite and choose between three options – ‘Yes’, ‘No’ and ‘May be’. I have seen people, who reside in the U.S., choose ‘Yes’ for a wedding scheduled the next day and wonder how they are going to make it! Do they own a modern day pushpaka vimana ?

Another trend is the sudden love for photography. Everyone has become professional photographers and even invite us to check their photography page. Recently, I was at the park and saw a guy, who had been clicking everything from ants and leaves to birds and other such things from the moment he entered the place. Upon asking, he proudly said, “It’s for my Facebook page!”

Then there are those who give a minute-by-minute commentary of their life. “At Nehru Park eating peanuts” or “walking in my street happily” “listening to my favourite song”, the statuses would go. There are others, who are addicted to online gaming, and would send you endless invites. The moment you accept their friend request, the first thing they do is invite you for a game. All they seek are gaming partners! After all this, you make the mistake of liking or commenting on a friend’s photo. Then you get countless notifications when each and every other person also likes or comments on it, which will have you wondering why you did it in the first place.

I understand that social networking has become a part of our life, but sometimes it goes overboard and that’s when you need to take it slow.

VISAKH P.R.,

Working professional

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