No social networks, no FOMO for the millennials of Bengaluru

Do you spend hours on social networks publishing photos, sharing your daily activities and using them as a source of information to know what is happening around the world? Do you think social networks are an inevitable part of your life? It may not be, at least that is what the millennials of Bengaluru believe. The youth of the city tell us what keeps them away from social networks and how the fear of getting lost (FOMO) does not affect them.

Nothing on social networks seems genuine
Sofi Eshan Ahmad, a 21-year-old student from the Center for Administration Studies at Jain University, says that after being on social media for many years, he decided to leave the platforms. “I had accounts on all social media platforms since my high school days. But for a period of time, I really bothered with everything that appeared in my feed. There is so much negativity and toxic material online that it didn't make any sense for me to continue on these platforms, he says, and adds that today, people are on social networks just for online acceptance and to compare the amount of likes They receive their publications. People create an alternative universe for themselves, where they seek the approval of others in terms of the amount of likes, he adds.

Lokanathan DM, a 19-year-old student at Dayanand Sagar College, echoes this and adds that by being a tool to connect people, social networks have become something completely different. “Today, social networks are only a means to promote business or other personal interests. Nothing on social networks seems genuine, that's why I deleted all my accounts, says Lokanathan.

Promote body shame and fake news

Aravinth Mahesh, a 20-year-old student from the Jain University Administration Studies Center, says that several problems such as body shame and false news are on the rise due to social networks. “The medium often becomes a platform for problems such as raggedness, dishonor, etc. Although people are now opening more and more because of that harassment, many still use it to humiliate others, which can affect an individual psychologically, he says. Another drawback, Sofi adds, is that fake news often spreads through social networks, especially when it comes to sensitive issues. “When Article 370 was abolished in Kashmir, there was no way I could get in touch with my family. I checked the social networks during that time and realized how toxic it was. People threw hate and spread false news, which in turn reminded me why I am not on any of those platforms, says Sofi.

No FOMO since there are other means of information

While many say that being on social media platforms helps them connect with people and keep up to date with the latest information, they say there are also other sources of information. Although most of my friends use websites or social media applications, I don't feel like I'm missing anything, because I use the Internet to keep up to date on the news or other information I need. When my friends share photos online, they always send me the photos separately. how not to use social networks, says Harsh Subhash Joshi, a 24-year-old student of the Symbiosis Business Management Institute, Bengaluru.

Enjoy an activity, stay away from social networks

No social network means that these students often have a lot of free time available, that they prefer to spend on something productive. For example, Sofi spends about 3-4 hours every day in leather making and creates handmade leather products. “Leathermaking is something I learned on my own. No one in my family does this. I started making small products like wallets and card holders, but now I want to take it seriously and maybe even market my products, ”says Sofi. For Lokanathan, meeting your friends in person and spending time practicing a sport is more enjoyable. “I'd rather spend my time in a physical activity like playing basketball or athletics, than being in social networks. This not only helps me improve my concentration, but also keeps me fit, ”he says. For Harsh, it's about meeting friends or reading. I enjoy reading. I read many books and magazines. It is a much better way to spend my time. I also prefer to meet my friends in person. There is nothing like a good face-to-face conversation, he says. For Aravinth, exploring new places is rejuvenating. “I love to travel and explore new places. So, I prefer to go out and do something new instead of spending time on social networks, ”summarizes Aravinth.