You never know when you are visited by any investigation officer regarding any issue that you mistakenly or unknowingly discussed over the internet.

Cheating and Relationship Issues – Many people have been cheated on the social media platform to propose and then marry each other. Individuals cheat each other by showing the fake feelings and incorrect/ fake information.

Health Issues – The excess usage of social media can also have a negative impact on the health. Being glued to the screen people do not have time for other activities of daily life. Though moderation is the key, but some people fail to put brakes wherever warranted.

Silicon Valley parents are raising their kid’s tech-free and it should be a warning for us:

Silicon Valley parents can see first hand that technology is potentially harmful to kids. Many parents are now restricting, or putting blanket restrictions for screen time for their children. A 2017 survey conducted by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation found among 907 Silicon Valley parents that despite high confidence in technology’s benefits, many parents now have serious concerns about tech’s impact on kids’ psychological and social development.

Low-tech parenting has been a preference among Silicon Valley moguls for years:

Turning kids into loyal customers of unhealthy products, companies make, sell and make profit – isn’t exactly a new strategy. As per estimates, major tobacco companies spend nearly $9 billion a year, or $24 million a day, marketing their products in the hope that kids will use them for life. The same principle helps to explain why fast-food chains offer kids’ meals.

Social media is neither good nor bad or ugly. It depends on the user[s] when, why and how much one wants to give time for it. People from every walk of life are hooked to Social Media to the extent that it has relegated to the upper rung of addiction. Though we need Social Media from every angle – for the unparallel benefits it is bestowed upon- yet MODERATION IS THE KEY.

Many parents are now restricting, or outright banning, screen time for their children. The trend follows a long-standing practice among high-level tech executives who have set limits for their own children for years. Silicon Valley’s low- and antitech parents may seem overly cautious, but they actually follow longstanding practices of former and current tech giants like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Tim Cook.

In 2007, Bill Gates, the former CEO of Microsoft, implemented a cap on screen time when his daughter started developing an unhealthy habit of engagement to a video game. In Gate’s home kids are not allowed to have their own phones until they turned 14. At present, the average North American get their first phone around the age ten. Late Steve Jobs the ex CEO of Apple prohibited his kids from using the newly-released iPad. He limited the use technology by his kids while at home. Even Cook, the current Apple CEO, has stated that he doesn’t allow his nephew to join online social networks. Excess use of social media by adults can be detrimental to the society. Cook later conceded that Apple products aren’t meant for constant use.

Google has been making schools more high-tech with its suite of cloudbased computing apps whereas parents notice a ‘malaise of scrolling – which – they think, is detrimental in excess form for their kids’ health.’ “It is not out of place to mention that, the sooner the kids, adolescents, or teenagers get used to this platform, the easier it will be to make it their lifelong habit – which suits these mega companies.

In and around Silicon Valley, in California USA, a number of low-tech schools have popped up in an effort to reintroduce the basics. At the Waldorf School of the Peninsula, a private school in Los Altos, California, kids use chalkboards and No. 2 lead pencils. Faculty don’t introduce kids to screen-based devices until they reach the eighth grade. Schools have started accommodating the anti-tech parental requests for their kids.

Social Media is a new marketing tool – for business community in particular- that allows them to get to know their customers and prospects in ways that were previously not possible. Social Media is not a fad, it is proving to be just the beginning of the marketing revolution.

Conclusion:

Though, people who use social media alone, do not get their face-to-face social needs met. In case they are not having their social needs met in their daily lifestyle, outside of social media, it makes sense that looking at social media might make them feel even more lonelier.

Ironically, now, Kids aren’t going out to play in the street or parks in full. Instead of that these lovely angels, when come back home – lock themselves in separate rooms, with eyes glued to devices. Needless to add that, excessive Cell Phone use for social media -very often- in myriads of cases daily, is leading to some tension in relationships-new as well as established ones.

Conversely, there are plenty of simple, healthy ways to address these risks without resorting to harsh measures, like abandon the smartphone. In this present era of speedy lifestyle and vying age of competition, where fast is eating the slow, the use of Social Media is quintessential for living life at its’ fullest.

Regardless of how WE define social media, one thing’s for certain, it will continue to evolve and its use will expand in the time to come. In the process it will become more integrated into both our business and personal lives.

“We do not make Love, Love makes us.”

Prof. Surinder Kochhar (Shaun)
LPN, FCN, M.Com, CAIIB, DIM A freelance writer with 36 Years Exp. A Health Coach of University of Victoria