“I of course don’t let my son go online much. And I usually check the browser history after he has used the computer. With the stories we hear of nowadays, there’s no such thing as being too careful,” an aunty says, while having a bite of cheese cake. “Yes men. One day my daughter came to tell me about some right to privacy. What privacy for these ones?” another says. The ladies are having their weekly tea discussion and the great evil monster that is the internet is one of the most discussed topics.
People like to value what is old and criticize what is new. Books are good for you, movies lead to immoral thoughts. Playing on the streets all day is good, video games increase aggression. The internet too hasn’t escaped the criticism of that generation. According to our parents and grandparents, all you can find online is violent or pornographic content. However, isn’t the Internet so much more than all this?
If you follow the local Twitter community, you would know that Rana Viru Meet Up is just around the corner. “Oh yet another excuse to take loads of selfies and check-in at posh places,” you may think. However, Rana Viru Meet Up isn’t about the tweeps themselves but the soldiers who went to the battlefields while we prayed for safety from the comforts of our homes.
There are Facebook groups too that organize charity events and make donations to various people. In fact, there is a ton of good deeds done through social media. During a time when slacktivism and keyboard warriors are on the rise, it is admirable what people do through social media.
If you are scratching your head, wondering what all these good deeds that happen on social media are, maybe you are immersing yourself in the wrong places and the wrong crowd. You may willingly share the post that promises ‘one share = one cent’ for a sick child somewhere, but maybe you are hesitant to make a donation or volunteer at an event or keep the children at an orphanage company for a day.
Social media can also be used to start new projects. We see so many people who simply tweet an idea for a goodwill project. Before they even realize it, plans are being made. Such is the power of social media and such is the kindness and generosity of social media users.
Any tool, device or platform can be used for the good or for the bad. It’s entirely up to the individual to decide how they will use the internet and social media.