PRISONERS OF CYBERIA

Recently my hometown was struck with a mild earthquake. A good friend of mine immediately started to update his twitter account with this event rather than scramble outside the residence to safer outdoors!

An about-to-be mom recently broadcasted her entire child delivery experience through a mobile social media account !

Why talk of others ? Facebook is now virtually my family tree with 8 year to 80 year old perched on various branches, updating their latest adventures with photographs and comments.

Social networking sites have become an indispensable way to find old friends, schedule events , play games and even send virtual gifts. You wake up early in the morning and first thing you do is log onto your Facebook account to check what transpired when you were fast asleep at night. Maybe your last online prank just boomeranged. And that spoils your mood for the day!

If you’re doing more living online than off, it might be time to excogitate. There is no way the virtual life can supplant your real life. Especially if you are socially shy, you try to find succor in the digital society, but this tendency to circumvent real life encounters can be bad in the long run. This electronic gregariousness is ,well electronic after all!

Notifications, messages ,invites and comments on your remarks reward you with a temporary high, much like gambling. That blitheness of spirit can get dangerously addictive.

Many folks are now pronouncing social networking sites more as an addiction than a networking tool, and psychologists countenance this view.

Are personal relationships taking a backseat to internet friendships ? Do you think about Facebook even when you’re offline? Do you use Facebook to escape problems or homework? Do you stay on Facebook incessantly ? Have you ever concealed Facebook use?

If you answered yes to any, you might be a borderline addict – no joke.

Relentlessly updating your Facebook status, Twittering your every move and spying on your friends, relatives and coworkers can increase stress levels, damage sleep patterns and even debase meaningful personal relationships.

Rob Bedi, a registered psychologist and assistant professor at the University of Victoria, said that Internet addictions are common on university campuses, often helped by unlimited free Internet access, web-based assignments and unstructured blocks of time.

Some students are so addicted to social networking sites that they squander upwards of 21 hours a day connected to the site in some way, whether through their computers or through their mobile phones, leaving only a couple hours for uninterrupted sleep. Many have no time whatsoever for quality, face-to-face interaction with their friends and family members as a result.

Many students have now come to the abrupt trepidation that social network addiction is destroying their health both physically and emotionally. Some admit that they need to make some radical changes in their daily habits and truncate their online presence.

Bedi suggests make a Facebook schedule. Limit time spent on social media to whatever is required to meet your original goals behind joining such networks. Update your e-mail addresses to avoid relying on Facebook messages.

For some people, talking with someone might be the answer. Many universities offer addiction counselling through student services.

If you’re not quite ready for that, you could join one of the 155 Facebook Addicts Anonymous groups on Facebook itself – but that might defeat the purpose !

 

 

Ample

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; affording an abundant supply; more than enough in size or scope or capacity; fairly large

Synonyms : plenteous ,sizeable

Blitheness

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun a feeling of spontaneous good spirits

Synonyms : cheerfulness, mirth

Boomeranged

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; backfired on the originating source.

Synonyms : backfired

  • Boomeranged

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; something that does inadvertently harm to its initiator, to backfire on the initiator of an action, causing that person harm, return to the initial position from where it came

Other Meaning(s) : Noun; a flat curved, usually wooden missile configured so that when hurled it returns to the thrower.

Synonyms : to come back or return

Circumvent

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues);

Other Meaning(s) : Verb; beat through cleverness and wit; surround so as to force to give up

Synonyms : skirt, dodge, duck,

Countenance

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; the appearance conveyed by a person’s face; the human face (`kisser’ and `similar’ and `mug’ are informal terms for `face’ and `phiz’ is British); formal and explicit approval;

Other Meaning(s) : Verb; consent to, give permission

Synonyms : visages

Debase

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; lower in value by increasing the base-metal content; corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones; corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality

Synonyms : demoralise, profane, vitiate, deprave,

Excogitate

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; reflect deeply on a subject;

Other Meaning(s) : Verb; come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort

Synonyms : ruminate

Fickle

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; marked by erratic changeableness in affections or attachments; liable to sudden unpredictable change

Synonyms : quicksilver

Gregariousness

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; the quality of being gregarious having a dislike of being alone

Synonyms : sociability

Incessantly

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adverb; with unflagging resolve

Synonyms : ceaselessly

Indispensable

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; unavoidable; not to be dispensed with; essential; absolutely necessary; vitally necessary

Synonyms : essential

 

Perched

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; sit, as on the branch; to come to rest

Synonyms : roosted

Radical

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; Revolutionary

Other Meaning(s) : Adjective; especially of leaves; located at the base of a plant or stem;

Synonyms : extreme, revolutionary

Relentlessly

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adverb; in a relentless manner

Synonyms : unrelentingly

Ruin

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; failure that results in a loss of position or reputation; the process of becoming dilapidated;

Other Meaning(s) : Noun; a ruined building; an event that results in destruction; an irrecoverable state of devastation and destruction; destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined;

Synonyms : dilapidation

Scramble

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; an unceremonious and disorganized struggle; rushing about hastily in an undignified way;

Other Meaning(s) : Verb; make unintelligible; bring into random order; to move hurriedly; stir vigorously; climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling

Synonyms : scamper, scurry,

Supplant

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; take the place or move into the position of

Synonyms : replace

Succor

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; assistance in time of difficulty;

Other Meaning(s) : Verb; help in a difficult situation

Synonyms : ministration

Squander

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; spend extravagantly; spend thoughtlessly; throw away

Synonyms : waste, ware, blow

Transpired

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb. Occurred or took place or was discussed

Synonyms : happened

Trepidation

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; a feeling of alarm or dread

Synonyms : dread

Truncate

Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; terminating abruptly by having or as if having an end or point cut off; verb make shorter as if by cutting off; approximate by ignoring all terms beyond a chosen one;

Other Meaning(s) : Verb; replace a corner by a plane

Synonyms : prune

 

 

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