Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Facebook Era

As defined by the Free Online dictionary, an era is a period of time characterized by particular  circumstances, events or personages. Through out the history of the world, there  have been numerous eras in different areas around the globe. The Mughal Era is an example of one of the eras the Indian Subcontinent has lived through. The Christian era is another example of an Era. There are numerous such examples of eras like The Colonial era of U.S history and many more. 
With utter disappointment and shame I have to admit that the current era I am living in is The Facebook Era. Facebook, which was once upon a time merely a way of connecting between the students of the Harvard university has now become an absolute necessity. If you are not online for a day or two, your comrades start calling you to check whether you are ok, whether you are alive, whether you are at your home or lying on a hospital bed with a drip injected in your wrist. In short, people start to worry about you, big time. Not only is Facebook now important for those who want to continue with their social life, its also essential to know whats going on around the world. Not only have the facebook wallposts replaced letters and emails, they have also replaced news papers. Around 2 years ago I myself used to read the morning newspaper but now all i do is devour my breakfast while scrolling down my Facebook homepage on my new Ipod touch. Facebook has also become a way of advertising for companies and brands like Nike, Canon and the favorite coffeehouse of us all ; Starbucks. All our role models, favorite singers, soccer players, bands, and inspirations now have a Facebook page to update us;their fans about their novels, albums, songs, and  even what message their pet cats have for us.

People have become so addicted to Facebook that according to a recent research in Japan, their brains are as addicted to Facebook as those of a person addicted to intoxicants such as Marijuana and Opium. Creative young people with wild imagination and hidden talents like me and many others of my age who have the ability to do stuff  much more productive than think of the best caption for their Facebook profile picture are wasting  away their precious time liking "Facebook likes". Facebook has become such a huge waste of time especially for youngsters that in certain countries for example China, they have banned this website.

As for me, I am done wasting my life on Facebook and from now on I promise you, my dear readers, and I promise myself that I am not going to spend more than two hours a day on Facebook and I am going to start again with making short films, drawing anime, reading, writing and continuing with my other hobbies. As for the rest of you, I have given you your wake up call. Stop wasting your life on Facebook, years from now when your grand children ask you what your favorite hobby was in your youth, you'll feel ashamed to tell them that all you used to do at teh time was use Facebook. Now is the time, make something out of yourselves. I believe each one of you souls out there has got a talent, something  they are good at, something other than uploading cool statuses!! Use it. Use your talent and make a name for yourself. Become somebody. Show the world that there is more to you than what they think. That you are a successful individual who made something of his self and that you ain't a nobody. And that nothing could stop you from being awesome, not even the Facebook Addiction.

Was Salam, Minahil Ghafoor.

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