Social media websites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram allow us to connect with different people and make new friends. But more often than not, things happening in this online wonderland bring serious harm to our offline well-being. And that happens mainly because the man using all these online services is still the same and he still possesses the same set of emotions while dealing with things on social media
Recently, a 32-year-old man tried to commit suicide by slitting his throat with a knife after a girl whom he befriended on Facebook rejected his romantic advances. Now, this is the extent to which the emotional reliance of social media in our digital lives is bringing serious harm to our real, actual life.
Anil Sharma, 32, is from Haryana. Sharma became friends with a girl from Badkot, a town in Uttarakhand. Sharma fell in love with her, Badkot Police Station SHO D S Kohli said. Sharma came to Badkot to meet the girl. When he asked the girl to meet him, she refused to meet him, police said.
When Sharma insisted to meet, the girl reported the matter to the police, they said. Depressed, Sharma slit his throat with a knife, police said. The police found Sharma bleeding on the road and rushed him to a hospital where his condition was said to be "out of danger".
A case was registered against Sharma under different sections of the Indian Penal Code, action will be initiated against him after he recovers, Uttarkashi SP Pankaj Bhatt said. This incident only goes to show how social media has come to be an integral part of our lives as well as our emotions.
However, these kinds of emotional tensions are clearly not limited to social media. Of late, we have seen the alarming cases of addiction towards PUBG Mobile all across the country. Last month, a class IX student ended his life by hanging himself to a ceiling fan after his parents scolded him for playing PUBG Mobile.
(With PTI inputs)