All about despair and cheap sensations
Our GenNext will tell you that they haven’t read any books about Indian culture and tradition because they all get it from their smartphones.
Not a single day goes by in Kerala without reports of teenage girls, young girls and even middle-aged women running away with the “Casanovas” they meet on social media. The coated messages sent by the “predators” via WhatsApp or social media pages would enslave them to the former and so they set the date as a prelude to the path of self-destruction. By the time the victim learns that she has been deceived, she is said to have crossed the threshold of rescue.
Had the victims of the social media drama been singled out as prey to Love Jihad, the West Asian countries they were transported to would have boasted of having armies of sex slaves. We are good at finding alibis for all our failures. These breakouts would continue to monopolize the national spotlight until we discovered a mechanism to regulate the use of social media.
Another development is the new passion found among young and old for pornographic videos that are sent through the WhatsApp service. Eight-year-olds in their eighties are passionate about observing nauseating “art”. Social media platforms have been successful in converting consumers into addicts. You are fed porn videos for two days and on the third day, chances are you will be eagerly awaiting new videos depicting new forms of “art”. Remember, it is not because of fault on the part of “customers” that they become addicted to social media sites.
An in-depth investigation by Gerald Posner, an internationally renowned investigative writer who had written successful books like Case Closed (on the assassination of John F Kennedy), God’s Bankers (a 200-year history of Vatican finances) and Pharma (a revelation of the stories behind the global pharmaceutical giants and their bloody techniques) and Jim Winston, a clinical psychologist, discovered that social media giants use dirty games to seduce young and old to sit glued to screens, get into forbidden relationships or watch smelly porn!
Before I explain what Posner and Winston discovered, let me say that the pandemic has caused the closure of educational institutions and the switch to online courses in states like Tamil Nadu and Kerala have seen the Runaways and porn addiction reach new heights in the past 18 months. The female students who managed to get smartphones were courted by Casanovas, and instead of logging into the classrooms where teachers should have led them in the world of modern science, technology, and literature, they reached hotel rooms and lodges from which there was no possibility of Return. “It’s worse than drug addiction and thousands of lives have been lost,” said C Prakashan, a former scientist at the Kerala government’s Regional Analysis Laboratory.
Pramod Pathak, a well-known management guru and columnist, said the parents were responsible for the situation. “We have a hard time creating techies from this generation and forgot to teach lessons on Sanskaar. The great works of Kalidasa have become foreign to them, ”said Professor Pathak. Chances are a large majority of our GenNext will tell you that they haven’t read any books dealing with the great culture and tradition of India because they all get it from their smartphones. .
No study has been done so far to find out the impact of social media on adolescent brains. “The period of adolescence is the most critical and crucial phase after infancy. It is during this period that the human brain registers its growth and that its productivity kicks in. Teens lack the strength to counter the digital overstimulation caused by social media. The thirst for social connection is more powerful than the hunger for food, ”quotes Posner, citing Winston’s findings.
The social media giants have used this weakness in the human brain as their primary weapon. “Winston has developed a program that connects social media, technology and the teenage brain. The Handbook on Digital Media Use by Adolescents and Mental Health outlines the dangers to young minds posed by an era of hyperconnectivity, ”Posner said.
He says overuse of social media is a medical threat. “Heavy use of social media will leave millions of children struggling with long-term emotional health issues, issues with intimacy and sex, and lagging behind in critical thinking and social skills. Posner said.
Winston’s team of clinical psychologists and mainstream teachers have found that no studies have been conducted to uncover the biological effects caused in the human brain by social media. Adolescents have no influence or control over the frontal cortex region of the brain. It is this region that determines social interaction and impulse control. “Social media likes trigger an activation in the same region of the brain as drugs and alcohol. They are neurobiologically incapable of reading Tolstoy’s War and Peace even as adults, ”Posner says and signs with another shocker. “Social media giants are hiring doctors who have studied the field and they are using the information to make their platforms more addictive and to expose teens to deviant peer norms and 24-hour peer commentary. Social media is dangerous. for teens, ”Posner said. Is anyone listening?
(The author is a special correspondent for The Pioneer. The opinions expressed are personal.)