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September 9, 2007

Of Social networking & Psychos

Filed under: Life,Sobriety — Teal @ 12:50 pm

This particular case has stolen the limelight of most media channels for quite sometime now. It is shocking that people are not sparing even children and aiming for young adolescens who are totally unaware of the big bad world out there.

When I was introduced to the same “social networking” website towards the fag end of 05, it was initially a great way to spend time. I found most of my buddies from the 10th and 12th grade , it was a fad at college. People at class talked about it. There were communities – intending to club like minded people to discuss hobbies, beliefs what all and what not. After hearing one too many cases of abuse of this site, not to mention the plight of the victims involved, I am plainly shocked.

There was a 2hrs talk show / debate in one of the popular news channels where I heard shocking news that 12 year olds were spending 20 mins a day in such sites! Jeez-us! My niece had asked me a couple of months back about this site- its +ve and -ve aspects and the like …. Like any responsible 20+ person I strictly advised her not to join the site or add people she didnt know. It did hurt me a little inside to do that …. because I had done the same.

I was at that point of time pretty fascinated with this “thing” and was surprised to find people who liked somethings that I liked and what all and what not. The point is this – I have added strangers and made friends with them. So far they seem to be normal people.

Now dont get me wrong. I am not taking sides with any of these sites. Maybe it’s because god is watching out for me, or maybe my dumb luck that I did not end up meeting or befriending creeps. Now these cases are gentle reminders that tell me to open my eyes to the other disgusting side of these sites.

I had joined a job seekers community in one of these sites and that landed me my first job. I am at an MNC and doing pretty good. If it werent for that place / page I’d have never known of the walkin and god only knows when I’d have ever got a job.

As I was watching this program on the news channel with my mom, she was pretty aghast too. But the bottomline is this … if you do anything and everything with full information to your parents, nothing will ever go wrong with you. She was completely aware of my use of these sites and how I got my job too.

There is a saying in tamil which literally translates to this – “Even too much of amrut is vish “ – meaning even an overdose of something really good can turn into something really horrible. My grief goes to all victims of the misuse of such websites.

And a one-finger salute to all you assholes out there, trying to ruin other people’s lives. You all will surely rot in hell scum mongers!

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6 Comments »

  1. What’s most important, in my opinion, is to be sensible in matters such as this. Blaming social networks (like they do on some talk shows) serves no purpose, in my opinion. At the end of the way, it depends on how people use these social networks. The victim in this case might have been purely unlucky or completely stupid, but that has nothing to do with social networks themselves. Just like real life, there will always be “bad guys”, and their actions do not justify blaming the channel they use to operate. Blaming social networks for a crime such as the one mentioned in your post is like blaming roads for an accident that is the result of drunken driving, which just doesn’t make sense! 🙂

    Comment by Brat — September 9, 2007 @ 8:46 pm | Reply

  2. Hey Brat,
    I am totally with you. These sites hold good as just another utility in life. IF used for the right things, might prove beneficial [like in my case 🙂 ] else might prove disaster. And assholes and stalkers can use any medium for victims, and unfortunately these sites have just paved another way for them. So you have to watch your back out there. 🙂

    Comment by Teal — September 10, 2007 @ 3:00 am | Reply

  3. You said it like it is. 🙂
    Any tool/technology/application/idea is neutral, implementation of these makes it good or bad.
    Many might have benefitted in business or personal lives because of social networking and its not fair to label it as evil.

    BTW blog alert!

    Comment by Rain — September 13, 2007 @ 7:47 pm | Reply

  4. Yo Rain,
    I think you know about me and these sites more than anybody else 😛

    Comment by Teal — September 14, 2007 @ 7:52 am | Reply

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    Comment by Why name Required — September 18, 2007 @ 11:37 am | Reply

  6. It is interesting you had to say that. And I am not surprised that the networking sites gets a bad look as well for what the morons out there do. I mean I joined orkut a good 5 years back and it was a bit jazzy and cool and with time was beginning to annoy in a way that it was like privacy lost blah blah. I quit recently and rejoined and I see they have improved their site so much so that strangers cnanot screw around with anyone.

    At the end of the day regardless of where you see what, the security factor – X Factor, is completely on you. You got to know who to make friends with and chances are that there are some great strangers out there but you got to pick them by being careful. Technology is just a medium i think.

    Comment by Vik Rajagopalan — September 26, 2007 @ 10:37 am | Reply


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