How do we define our Best Friend? Someone who is closest to our heart, who knows all our secrets. Right! Giving a small virtual machine so much importance in our life is quite unprecedented? However, this is a harsh reality because most of our society are engrossed in their mobile phones, all the time.
Even when we go for events like marriages, functions, outings we spend most of the time in our phone. Once a message pop in or the phone rings we leave the most important work and rush to our phones. Whether you are surrounded by a group of people or you are alone, you will keep on scrolling News Feed as if it is the coolest thing for you to do as a part of this generation.
Common thoughts in our mind when we are accompanied by our so-called Best Friend:
“Abhi bore ho rhe h, phone use kr le kya” – we prefer using mobile phones rather than talking to someone when we are bored. What is happening, man? We are getting trapped in this virtual web.
“Yrr kitne ache lag rahe h, bas ek achi si photo aa jaaye” – For us, our beautiful, sexy picture matters more than the perks of being present in that place physically. We click hundreds of photos for one perfect picture to upload it on social networking sites. Our level of dedication here is more than infinity.
“Neend nhi aa rhi h, phone use kr lete hain” – Most of us use mobiles just before going to sleep. It is ironic that we use the phone when we are not able to sleep. And the reason behind this insomnia is the phone itself.
Have you heard the three golden words “CONNECTED YET ALONE”? This defines our deep-rooted friendship with our mobiles. We have isolated ourselves from the entire society for our phones. We are connected with all our friends, relatives etc on our phones. But when we need to face them in reality, we hesitate to do so. The situation is such that the phone is making ways for us to connect with the world easily but in the end, it blocks that same way and makes us feel all alone in this fast-moving world.
Ask this question to yourself: “Is phone really your best friend?”. Be calm, consider the pros and cons, see the long-lasting consequences and then come to a rational conclusion. Your one wise decision will fill up the gap between you and the beautiful world. And, this will once again bring a Real Smile on your face which can never be captured in any mobile phones.
Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi
Intern at Cyber Peace Foundation