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Beas tragedy selfie driven?

Beas tragedy selfie driven?
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The Beas tragedy at Himachal that cost the lives of young students from the City shook the Country. While the parents are distraught looking for their little ones with a fading ray of hope and the rescue operation is still underway,

The Beas tragedy at Himachal that cost the lives of young students from the City shook the Country. While the parents are distraught looking for their little ones with a fading ray of hope and the rescue operation is still underway, very few survivors made it from the unforeseen disaster as the dam gates were opened while the youngsters were still near the river. While nobody is to be blamed in particular for the mishap, the testimony from those survived states that the students were busy clicking themselves against the beautiful backdrop unaware of the oncoming danger. This leaves us with a simple question – Has the selfie and social media fixation started controlling the lives to an irrevocable extent?

Though it is totally unfair to blame the little kids who just wanted to take back fond memories home, there is no denying the fact that getting overtly clicked by a camera has become an obsession of sorts with the present generation – selfies, usies, groupies…everything is now captured and shared on the personal social networking sites. People are so lost living an alternate live on the internet that there is no clear differentiation to exiting in reality.

One finds youngsters posing everywhere these days – malls, supermarkets, pubs, temples and sometimes even their personal bedrooms. The selfies have become the rage, and people are slowly losing the edge putting a limit to the social networking fad. Says Dr Purnima Nagaraj, a well-known psychiatrist from Hyderabad – “we run into two kinds of people in the world these days. One group that hides behind the profile picture of a known celebrity and the other group that practically lives totally inside the virtual world as themselves. The second group of individuals is more about showing off their physical and emotional selves more than required. This happens because people nowadays crave for maximum attention on sites like Facebook and Twitter. The youngsters are hooked on to their profiles 24/7 posting selfies, quotes, comments etc., the result is nothing but living a confused life somewhere between online and reality”
There used to be days when pictures were clicked very rarely on special occasions. The current trend on the advent with time and energy expended on social media life is posing an overwhelmingly negative impact on the lives. There is definitely a serious need to educate the young crowd about the serious ramifications of the selfie fixation.
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