Unlike Twitter or Linkedin, people like to connect only with their friends on Facebook. And you cannot always expect your friends to "like" everything you share or write
When friends meet, they rarely talk serious stuff. By serious, I mean economy, politics, academics and ideologies. Friends tend to talk about light things — about films, men, women, places, food etc. These topics could be serious as well if one goes in depth. But fun is remaining on the surface and everyone likes to have some fun after a gruelling real life. As a social media platform, Facebook provides that instantly.
Unlike Twitter or Linkedin, people like to connect only with their friends on Facebook. And you cannot always expect your friends to “like” everything you share or write. But, say you share a joke or your own beautiful selfie, chances of getting likes increase manifold. For none can ignore a good joke or a beautiful face.
We are living in divided times. Facebook provides one platform for people to unite. But in times like today, when the country is debating issues like demonetisation, sharing honest views with friends on Facebook invites the danger of being branded as something.
Here I discuss five reasons why young Indians should never post serious stuff on Facebook. Share it if you agree or leave a comment below if you don’t. And don’t take them seriously even as the five reasons may help you survive in divided times.
1. You can’t become a philosopher among friends
When you share or write about serious stuff on Facebook, you try to occupy the philosopher’s space. But, have you seen a philosopher surviving among friends? What applies to the real world these days applies to the virtual as well. If you still dare to become philosophical, be prepared for the trolling by your own friends.
2. Everyone is either a ‘bhakt’ or a ‘kambhakt’
A few days after the demonetisation, one of my friends posted a photo of a queue outside a bank and he captioned it, probably for humour, “All ‘bhakts’ and ‘kambhakts’ are standing in the queue.”
On a serious note, if you take a position either for the government’s decision or against it, don’t be surprised if you find some of your friends branding you as either of the two. You may escape this if you have all your friends of your kind.
3. Facebook is an addiction and people get addicted for fun, not for wrecking their brains
For many, Facebook has become an addiction. It is almost by habit, people, including me, keep visiting Facebook at regular intervals. Several researchers have also exposed the addictive aspect of Facebook (here I am not talking about other social media as they are also addictive for different reasons). Spending time on Facebook is like virtually spending time with friends who have equally given up to the addiction. Now, people become addicted for fun, not for wrecking their brains.
4. Facebook is distraction bit-by-bit. It can’t make you a philosopher
Some people have the tendency to share and write about serious things and believe their philosophical depth is increasing. But Facebook is too much distraction. Knowledge is a serious business. So take to the library, climb a mountain, walk in the streets or fall in love with books or Kindle reader, if you really want to increase the depth of your knowledge
5. A good selfie can get you more like than your free “gyan”
It is common for people to monitor how much likes or comments they have got on their posts and by whom. But if you can get more likes and appreciating comments for your selfie, why would you kill time in sharing your free “gyan.” You can always save you “gyan” and maybe market them when the right time strikes.
Secondly, your friends on Facebook have already subscribed to the views of people who have established their “higher gyan” over the years. And your friends keep sharing them, sometimes even without reading or understanding. So either play dumb or if you really intend to make a career out of giving “gyan”, then better hit the roads, interact with people and read everything. If nothing else, then fall in love with a real person. Your followers will find you.