Technology has slowly and steadily taken over our lives. It is ruling the everyday world, making everybody slaves. Nobody can seriously pretend to be unaffected by the implications of the virtual world.
Almost half of the households in the country have a smartphone. To give you a clear picture, in a population of 1.324 billion, we have over 460 million active monthly Internet users. Everyone, including the children and youth, is connected to the online community 24 x 7.
As the digital age prevails, the children, adolescents and young adults have become addicted to the internet. (By the word internet, the emphasis is primarily on the social media platforms.) They have become over occupied and obsessed with the online world, forgetting what lies in reality.
IALSE International Conference - 2018
IALSE (International Association Of Life Skills Education) discussed the increasing role of digitalization in our lives and the depravity of life skills in coming generations in its International Conference 2018.
It was jointly organized by Shri JNPG College, Lucknow, Lala Mahadev Prasad Girls PG College, Lucknow and Circle for Child and Youth Research Cooperation in India (CCYRCI). Dr. R J Solomon (President, IALSE) and Dr. Vinod Chandra (Vice President, IALSE) made this possible.
The three-day-long conference, which was held from 9th to 11th February, at Renaissance Hotel, had 60 panelists and 110 paper presentations. The main focus was highlighting the technological challenges that pose a threat to the well being of our society.
Also, its implications such as the missing life skills such as communication ability, stress handling, critical thinking, decision making, empathy for others, personal tolerance, etc. in children. The highlights are as follows.
Virtual Identity Creation
Online friends and social networks have given the youth a new world of existence. Most of the individuals take the help of social media to create a whole new identity for themselves, which is in sharp contrast to the identity possed by them in real life.
Inactivity on virtual profiles creates distress and activities on them create insecurities. They believe in the 500 Instagram followers and 1000 Facebook friends, more than they believe in real life relationships.
They move from being a son, a daughter, a brother or a sister, to become social media agents. They spend hours on social media, talking to people on various social media platforms, strengthening their virtual identity.
Conflict And Disaster
Often the real identity and virtual identity confront each other. Often the two identities get mixed up leading to an imbalance in life. And more often it widens the generation gap in families.
These conflicts between real identity and virtual identity lead to disasters, which are beyond imagination. In many cases, the virtual world is responsible for unhealthy activities or even deaths of the individual.
Virtual identities make people lose interest in everything that happens around them, including people and events. They are more interested in the life and associated happenings of people who are re far away rather than people who are near.
Compulsive Obsessive Syndrome
People are more concerned about the updates coming on social media. They keep checking the phone more frequently and as and when a notification pops up. In a nutshell, virtual friends are believed to be more real and virtual problems are believed to be more significant.
Technology has become a drug, creating addiction and posing long-term risks. It is leading to the creation of split personalities and depriving youth of their life skills, which can’t be ignored. Thanks to these doctors of society wh are carefully analyzing the subject.