In the year 2020, nearly everyone in this “E-era”, has access to the internet, thanks to the cheaper data services. Compared to the year 2000, where only there were 413 million users worldwide, the number of users, in the year 2016, rose to 3.4 billion people. (1) India, individually, has 687 million internet users as of January 2020. (2) It briefly shows the immense popularity of social media platforms where people get in touch with each other, where people get to know about the world, where practically everything is possible. Upon the advent of the pandemic, this has become more prevalent often since people are stuck in their homes or often advised to work from home. It is the nature of the human to become social or he will die! Being with someone brings happiness and joy to a person and that is why people have participated actively in the emergence of social media platforms.
A brief look at the rising curve of active social media platform users
Facebook – In the year 2008, there were just 100 million users which crossed 2,603 million users limit in January of 2020. (3)
Instagram – In the year 2016, there were just 428 million users which crossed 766.4 million users limit in January of 2020. (3)
Twitter – Reached 330 million users in the year 2019 from just 30 million users in the year 2010. (3)
WhatsApp – Reached 2000 million users in the year 2020 (March) from just 200 million users in the year 2013. (3)
Youtube – This social media platform has over 1.9 billion logged-in monthly users as of January 2020 (4).
What the above figures intimate?
In the history of mankind, it is common to see people celebrating on occasions and yet unsatisfied as such occasion fulfilled its purpose. Connectivity was one of the major hindrances that riddled the mankind until the advent of the internet on the dawn of the 21st century. Until such a year, it was common for the people to travel to places to meet faraway people either using land, air or water, to read about the world through newspapers, magazines, and television. Upon the advent of the Internet, the word itself is revolutionary, changed the course of the world. People started to text through E-mails, then came Facebook and then WhatsApp.
Any person, in my opinion, can observe and analyze the outcome of the statistics as shown above. Has human become a slave of the social media platforms? In my opinion, YES! Being an active social media user in itself is addictive. It’s a topic for another article. Let us just focus on the projected figures. In India alone, the number of active internet users is expected to rise to 666.4 million users in the year 2023! (5)
As the social media platform is upon its rise further, it is necessary to realize, for any person, the long term effects the platforms would bring in the lives of the humans on an average basis. Governments of various states are making attempts to bring business to these platforms at every possible step. To be affirmative, yes it is difficult to do so, yet there are numerous advantages, leaving with some exceptions.
Perpetual continuity is the existence of humans and with this phrase, one needs to realize and accept the positive side of the social media platform.
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