A recent study revealed that there is a 44% rapid growth in mobile videos uploads/viewership; alarming, but true. 58% prefer viewing ads and uploaded videos from their mobiles! Millennials (born between 1980’s-1990’s), are a colossal part of this bifurcation.
Mobiles and tablets have begun to take over the social plot. It’s no more vital for human beings to have interactions. Thence, emotions in the interaction are distorted. Many people find it arduous to reciprocate to emotions/feelings. Thus, they avoid human contact. Mobiles/smartphones have created a simple and smooth platform to exchange dialogues but are not able to create a platform to express emotions/feelings. This increasing need to “be online”, has somewhere affected our ability to empathize. Is it a wonder that people are professionally seeking support to express their emotions (counselors)?
In any given situation: happy, sad, anger, disgust etc there is an impending need to create history by recording the situation. Wonder what pattern of thoughts will people be going through while recording! Does this give an adrenaline rush? Does it increase palpitations? Does it make you lose all sense of reality? If the answer is ‘yes’ to any of these questions then it is no more a hobby or interest: it is an addiction. As there is selfie addiction, so is mobile video upload addiction.
Emotions are created and felt when two people are involved. In many scenarios, smartphone replaces humans and hence emotions are lost in the process. When the closest and longest relations maintained are with a smartphone, can an individual be emotional? Social interactions are the key to emotions: be it anger or happiness, people are needed to feel these emotions. Smartphones cannot replace the human emotions. Best friend, confidante, buddy, mate; are all replaced by smartphones and this restricts sharing. This in turn creates a void that is now being filled by the imminent need to share more and create history. Video uploads is a medium of sharing since actual sharing is limited.
Like any addiction, smartphone too needs to be viewed as addiction. Replacing smartphone by human interaction is the key, but how and how much is the question of the hour! Like in any de-addiction case, there will denial, anger, acceptance stage. This is where a supportive environment comes in handy and will probably go a long way in creating trust.
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