Gone are the days of secrets. Social media is now more intresting than reality. You don’t have or want to meet anybody in person anymore. Every aspect of a person’s life is now on Facebook or Twitter from the time the person wakes up to the time the person goes to sleep.
Mumbai-based Prashant Gautam Nanaware is a typical example. “I take pictures of everything, including food, and post things online instantly,” says the 30-year-old communication consultant who has Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and WhatsApp on his phone, with all the notifications always on. Even his travelling is full of clicking, “instagramming”, and responding to incoming messages. “What’s an off time? My phone’s on my bedside when I sleep; when I wake up, I see my notifications first. And I like it when my photos and posts get likes or comments,” he says. Recently, while watching Baahubali: The Conclusion, he did a live movie review on Twitter. When he participated in the Mumbai Marathon last year, he ran a Facebook Live session while running. He carries a full power bank and a charger for his OnePlusX and is online for almost 15 hours every day. “Social media has taken me over,” he says.
A female tourist visiting Australia has put a new spin on taking a long walk off a short pier. She was so intent on checking Facebook that she plunged straight into chilly waters of Port Phillip Bay. Fortunately for her there were witnesses who quickly alerted the police.
Not only was this particular tourist completely unaware of her surroundings — she also reportedly couldn’t swim. Luckily for her, Port Philip is quite shallow for the most part, and she wound up just 60 feet away from the pier where she was quickly rescued and taken to a local hospital.
The most surprising part? She didn’t lose her phone. Even though she couldn’t swim and the water temperature was around freezing, she clung tightly to her precious mobile during the whole ordeal
Sushma Goswami, 24, of India became addicted with Facebook that she spends hours in front of her computer every day checking out the site. When confronted by her parents of this issue she locked herself in her room and was found hanging from a ceiling fan the next morning.
Larry Carlat used to be a happy man having a wife and being an editor at a famous men’s magazine. This changed once he got addicted to Twitter. He describes his tweeting habit as “every hour on the hour, day and night.” When given the choice between deleting his Twitter account or losing his job he chose to keep Twitter. A month later he lost his wife after tweeting “I would’ve taken a bullet for my wife, but now I’d rather be the one pulling the trigger.”
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