Saturday 18th May 2024

Social Media Abuse on Smartphones: A Modern Problem


Published on : 11 August, 2023 10:08 pm

By Phatya Bahadur Khadka

The use of social media on smartphones, which has already revolutionized the way that people communicate and receive information, is widespread in this period of the digital age. It seems as though the world has become a little village where anyone may instantly access important knowledge and resources. Without a doubt, one of the greatest discoveries in recent memory is the invention of the smartphone in the twenty-first century. The widespread social media platforms are being used more effectively thanks to this rapid technological development, and it has facilitated the development of a multifaceted application that is intended to be among the greatest successes of the technological revolution. The term “social media” refers to a variety of internet channels that are intended to promote social interaction. Social media’s invention has already benefited individuals greatly by making education and learning easier. Similarly, if it is used appropriately, it helps to make technology accessible to those in need.

People are addicted to social media on smartphones, despite its benefits and successful outcomes, and this has led to severe issues and challenges, including psychological, social, ethical, and moral concerns for members of society and the community at large. The use of social media on a smartphone not only attracts users and helps them engage in social interaction and communication to some level, but it also has negative psychological and addictive repercussions. It has an impact on peoples’ lives and health. Not everyone gets hooked to it, but some do, and this has an impact on their daily patterns as well as their mental and physical health. In fact, it eventually distorted

 Similar to this, some people’s addiction to social media on smartphones has practically become a daily occurrence, and if it is not adequately addressed, it could psychologically harm a sizable portion of the population. According to study, it increases users’ sensations of pleasure and reward by releasing dopamine in the brain. It prevents friends, relatives, and other community members from interacting and participating naturally. For instance, we frequently observe people using their smartphones to play with social media at our homes, offices, academic institutions, and other locations. Except for a small number of people, the majority of people waste time on their smartphones. Additionally, it is also claimed that those who are totally reliant on it.

Concerns about privacy, safety, and security are very important for those who want to live socially and healthily. The privacy, safety, and security of employees are typically violated by excessive usage of social media on cellphones. In the long run, exchanging images, videos, texts, and other types of information on social media platforms could have negative effects that hackers and other bad actors could use against you. This could put you in risk.

Personal connections matter more in social interactions than the fabricated use of social media on many platforms. In reality, communicating on social media with other individuals seldom ever has any negative effects, such as relationship breakups, fights, bullying, miscommunications, and misinterpretations in some cases. People occasionally violate a code of conduct. The excessive use of social media on various platforms definitely impairs the education, training, mentoring, facilitation, coaching, and learning of the student. On the other hand, it also has a negative side that is on the horizon; it can cause a low level of concentration and efficiency during the time of study, research, and academic activities. Misuse of social media on smartphones and other platforms has negative effects on individuals as a whole and has major, complicated repercussions. Millions of people in Nepal use social media on smartphones and other devices, and in recent years, misuse of social media has become a major problem for the populace. People have been in difficult situations as a result of their ignorance of social media’s implications.

Nevertheless, despite the ban by the laws, rules and regulations, it is still discovered that people are utilizing other people’s identities, videos, texts, and images to damage others’ reputations. In addition, people are investing their valuable time in boosting social media views while disregarding the moral guidelines set forth in cyber legislation. Additionally, some people lack the common sense to recognize the significance of security issues and have been leaking incredibly sensitive texts, documents, and information that could endanger any individual or state. The gravity of the privacy, safety, and security issues of the people and nation are not important to them, despite the fact that they are educated and smart in other areas of life. It demonstrates how social media abuse on mobile devices and other platforms.

Smartphones have functions that are easily connected through various social media platforms and the term itself is clever enough to have improved portability. Additionally, it connects with individuals via a variety of networking platforms, including Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Viber, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and others. These social media platforms have influenced business, society, education, politics, diplomacy, technology, and many other fields in addition to making communication easier.  Social connection and involvement among a big number of individuals have multiplied quickly as a result of simple access to social media on smartphones. The number of individuals utilizing social media on cellphones is rising so quickly day by day.

Currently, it is crucial to create a culture of digital literacy, education, and learning programmes or awareness-raising campaigns that should be launched at the early stages of socialization of children at the primary, secondary, and higher level of education so that the necessary level of digital knowledge and understanding can be imparted to those in need in a more practical way for the mitigation of all kinds of social and other issues relating to technology. In order to prevent potential privacy and security breaches, the state or government and related authorities should play a crucial role in upholding tight laws, rules, regulations, and policies.

Nevertheless, despite its negative impacts, social media use on cellphones plays a transformational role in the twenty-first century. It is crucial to socialize children early on, promote digital education, literacy, capacity building, and social media usage that is ethical in order to combat the negative effects of it.

The misuse of social media has already put people’s safety and security in danger in Nepal. On the other hand, it directly contributes negatively to the security of the country. As a result, the government should strengthen the existing laws, policies, and their implementation at all levels, from local to federal, in order to firmly combat the new trend of inappropriate social media use on smartphones and other platforms.

For the purpose of preventing social media abuse across many platforms, there should be a powerful and independent authority. Similar to how no one will be permitted to compromise people’s safety, security, honor, social harmony, or national interests at any cost. In fact, a smartphone is considered one of the greatest inventions by humans in this age of great technology and innovation, and it seems more sensible to build on its positive attributes than to focus on its negative ones in order to establish effective communication and social engagement on smartphones and other platforms. It will undoubtedly help improve inter-personal interaction and communication.

In fact, a smartphone is considered one of the greatest inventions by humans in this age of great technology and innovation, and it seems more sensible to build on its positive attributes than to focus on its negative ones in order to establish effective communication and social engagement on smartphones and other platforms. It will undoubtedly help improve inter-personal interaction and communication.

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