Social media and social networking seem to play an imperative part of peoples lives around the world. Social media is growing rapidly throughout the world. More adults and teenagers are joining sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter to interact with friends, family, and strangers. While some use it to pass time, there are others who use the platform to spread powerful messages.
The most recent example could be the #MeToo movement which saw thousands of woman to speak out about their encounters with sexual harassment.
When a leading news channel asked Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who has stayed away for the enticing web of social media, about how the technology is used for empowerment of women as well, the actress stated, “What’s happening currently, and I don’t think it’s just this year or the last 2-3 years, is that the world is becoming smaller and smaller. The use of social media is on boom nowadays. Whether it is socializing and networking websites such as Facebook, blogs and informative websites such as Twitter, Tumblr, video sharing websites, e.g. YouTube and Daily-motion and other kinds of platforms, they have made life easier by quick sharing of almost everything that a person wants to know about. There is no doubt about the dependability of humans on these sources of socializing that is why every business is using them to maximize their productivity and profits.
So does Aishwarya believe that technology is a woman’s new best friend? “I think it is human’s huge strength if recognized for its potential. It can also be the undoing if interestingly, social media makes you anti-social. That’s something I don’t get. I think you should use it for its strength and not get drowned in it for its capacity to isolate as well and make you just an individual and cease to be a people’s person,” Aishwarya revealed.