Pune: Many social media addicts, who spend hours on sites like Facebook, Instagram and Youtube, are now finding methods to go offline in ways that are more creative and an interesting investment of personal time.
In addition to socialising with friends in reality (as opposed to in the virtual world), netizens are not hesitating in getting in touch with random people and making social groups in the virtual space but meeting them in real time.
Speaking to Sakal Times, a young author originally from Pune but now in Mumbai, Pawan Tarawade said he attended an offline get-together with like-minded people in a Mumbai-based group called ‘Meet-up’. “It was a nice experience. People like me were present and we all recited our poetry so it was very inspiring. As a writer I like to study and mingle with people. Hence, this experience was really refreshing for me,” said Tarawade.
Utilising time better
Another student from a city-based college noted that she wasted a lot of time on social media. Vipalvi Joshi said that even when she decided she would not go online for long, she ended up spending hours there.
“Every evening I would spend at least on hour on Instagram. Though I had a lot to study, I would waste my precious time in scrolling and, in reality, doing nothing. Hence, I decided to uninstall the application. Since I am offline now, I get more time for productive activities,” said Joshi.
Recalling his experience on social media, Omkar Shetke, a rural banker said rampant misinformation was spread through social media.
“People spread messages and linked them to any historical event and claimed that it was the truth. Fighting such people each day and trying to make them understand that they shouldn’t spread misinformation was very stressful and irritating. Hence I decided to de-activate Facebook and cut down my time on WhatsApp,” said Shetke. Joshi and Shetke are among the growing number of people who are deactivating their accounts on social media sites.
Aditi Govitrikar, an actress and former Mrs World said, “We must remain vigilant that any medium’s content matters less than the medium itself in influencing how we think and act. Excess usage changes who we are.” (Series concludes)