Published: July 2, 2018 | DNA
Over exposure to social media is causing severe stress among married couples and causing divorces, said experts at the 6th edition of Redi Digital Dialogue 2018 organised in the city on the occasion of Social Media Day in the city on Saturday.
They warned that people should draw a line as to the extent beyond which they should not use social media. Moreover, social media is often the lone medium of interaction, especially for teenagers in absence of a healthy communication within the family. They also said that one should not give too much importance to what others say about them to avoid adverse effects on their mental health.
Lots of divorce cases now witnessed have social media as a major cause, said Dr Vinod Kumar Goyal, a psychiatrist who participated in a panel discussion on ‘Mental Heatlh in Digital World’ during the dialogue. “Spouses get influenced by the likes and appreciation they get on social media and then compare them with what response they are getting from their life partners. They often feel a lack of response from life partners and this results in discord resulting in divorces,” Goyal told DNA on the sidelines of the discussion.
Often, the disparity in responses also results in extra-marital relations among married couples, which also result in a divorce. However, after remarrying, they encounter same problem.
Goyal said that teenagers are the most vulnerable segment of the society to the dangers posed by social media. When they do not have sufficient communication with their parents, they take the shelter of digital media.
Elsa D’Silva, founder of the mobile app Safecity said that parents should be open to children and children should feel free to discuss any issues with them. “No subject should be tabboo. We should not let social norms dictate our communication with our children. Parents should be open without being judgemental,” she said.
“Virtual relations are replacing real relations. Often, it is the only platform for communication. One needs to reverse the situation or else the future will be very bad,” said Goyal.
Falguni Vasavda Oza, a management faculty at MICA, said that people give more importance to the responses as they feel insecure. “We get impressed when we get compliments on social media because inherently we are not content with ourselves. We should draw a line and only use it to our advantage,” said Oza.