We can’t allow our kids to be in control of cell phones or cartoons because once addicted then it is hard to keep them away from it
We go to the mesmerizing picnic spots surrounded by lush green meadows, green parks with fields but do we really go to enjoy there or just to take pictures of ourselves with different poses to update our timelines on social media accounts? We go to the cafes and restaurants but do we really go there to enjoy the taste of food or just to show our followers and friends that ‘we are here’? We live in such a society where everyone is busy in virtual world so much that least importance is given to the family, friends etc. Unlike old times, mostly everyone, especially young ones remain busy with their cell phones. A great menace has engulfed us and unfortunately we don’t pay attention to it.
We all should now know and understand the catastrophic effects of using social media and cell phones on our young emerging minds. Like I mentioned above, when we go to the picnic spot, do you think we really enjoy? We may say ‘yes’ but the harsh reality is ‘no’. The picnic trip actually turns completely into the photography session without enjoying in actual sense.
Taking pictures and posting on social media has actually become a mania and show off in virtual world to always update the timelines. Moreover, someone’s pain is romanticised for likes and shares, anything becomes a trend to follow and everybody tries to become an intellectual often raising fingers on one another. Even the Kashmir conflict is romanticised for personal gains. We desperately need transformation (transition) from virtual to real world where we could actually feel the pain and do whatever practically.
Further, the use of cell phones nowadays has become so much addictive that our young flowers (small kids of age 2-3 years old) will not eat unless shown some cartoon video clips on YouTube. Their mothers first have to search for some interesting stuff on YouTube that will please her child and then she can only, be to some extent, successful in giving food to her child.
Kids become so much lost in these videos that they even sometimes behave like the cartoon they watch on YouTube. They are lost even to such an extent that they don’t even know what am he/she is eating? My arguments might appear intricate but these are some serious issues which need immediate attention. We can’t allow our kids to be in the control of cell phones or cartoons because once addicted to it then it is hard to keep them away from it. It has been scientifically proven that how cell phones can have devastating impact on one’s brain or memory power etc.
Our kids have become even so much smart that they by themselves turn on the mobile data, open YouTube and search for the videos of their choice. It might appear smart and interesting for some parents but in turn it can have a bad impact on their child in future.
I strongly believe that we should collectively think upon these issues and try to integrate them at our individual level. We all should first start it from our homes. The main responsibility lies with the parents to try as much as possible not to give kids access to cell phones or internet.
Once then they are grown up and need a cell phone as it is a necessity in present times, they should then keep a regular watch and every day in evening make a habit to check the cell phones of their teens. It is essential to protect them from its harmful effects.
However, keeping in view the present circumstances as everything is dependent on cell phones and internet whether online classes or lecturers, it is indispensable to establish a balance and utilize its use mostly for these productive purposes.
The message goes to all the people in general whether young or old to use cell phone, social media in a limited manner so that reality dominates over this cruel virtuality.
Author is a student of Economics, Aligarh Muslim University