What do young people and some among the middle-aged who are hooked to their smart phones do all day, we may wonder. Well, a brief questionnaire sent by this writer to a few respondents reveal the kind of passion and enthusiasm with which people check their Facebook Page after they have posted a statement or a picture or shared a post. “It’s a way to deal with boredom,” said one respondent.
Another said that she uses Facebook to make friends because she is shy of real relationships. Whether we like it or not, we are addicted to the social media and to Facebook more than to Twitter since the former allows you an instant talk back mechanism while the latter is only about propagating your ideas for a re-tweet.
Of course, both media also attract trolls by the dozen especially when one posts a controversial statement. Never before have people been so polarised along politically partisan lines as they are today. If a post is put up by some Congress camp follower then be sure that hate posts will follow thereafter from political opponents which would be unreadable because there would be swear words not just in English but in Hindi as well.