ocial media has both an upside and a downside. And when it comes to the effect of social media on Kashmiri teenagers, those pros and cons are particularly significant. The tech savvy generation is more for a quick feedback craving for which they post in a cringeworthy way on social networking sites. Everyone, everywhere just wants to be famous without even working to that end. In our own Kashmir this trend was picked on by youth who took it a step further by being online all the time. The youth are posting their views, photographs and political orientation on facebook and twitter as if the world would not exist without it. One major damage that social media is doing to our teenagers is that they are not spending much time on their books. You hardly bump into students who have literary books in their hands. We no longer hear of students who read more than 50 novels before they land in universities. There is a lack of incentive for reading culture. Reading culture spawns in a place where elders promote youngsters to read literature. We must develop a society where reading and writing are an essential part and parcel of life.
This social media addiction can badly affect our teenagers. Even, scientists have found that teen social media overuse creates a stimulation pattern similar to the pattern created by other addictive behaviors. Hence, the brain responds to social media the same way it responds to other “rewards”— with a release of dopamine. These dopamine rushes are catalyzed when a teen posts something online and is met with likes, shares, and positive comments from their peers. An agile society can not exist without the citizens showing keen interest in literature. We must develop a society that incentives literature. We must remember the old age adage that societies progress when they listen to their poets and writers. We must have more libraries, more people reading books and more people writing literature. There can not be any second thoughts about it.