A sudden enlightenment came to me last week. Every day, once I wake up and open my mobile, I find these Whatsapp notifications. Initially when I got into this latest and greatest communication system, I used to feel proud and excited. Oh, my! So many people in my contact, so much of information, so much of affection and concern over me to send so much details and forwards.
Slowly, this feeling started to wane off. The same notifications started to look like monsters for me. So much of forwards, so much of advise, so much of life quotes, so much of flowery good morning messages! Approximately it used to take minimum one hour to clear up all the notifications, check emails and start off the day!
My mind started to ask myself! Is it worth to spend 60 precious minutes of a every beautiful morning! Is it good to gobble up so much information within such short time? Is it good to learn life lessons by reading the mood driven quotes sent by some friend, who got broke up with her boyfriend? Or, in reverse, If I post something, people follow my mood, my personal life gets exposed easily.
I hated to imagine, as if my privacy is being exposed with my permission, apart from other side effects such as time loss, stress, anxiety, depression etc. due to so many forwards, quotes, medical miracle forwards etc. etc…
Hey! A sudden decision sparkled! Left all the groups from Whatsapp on a fine morning! Yes! Indeed! I did it. Initially for 2-3 hours, fingers automatically tapped Whatsapp! Oh! No messages! Mind cribbed for a while! No one for me, mind said! Fingers, body and soul together kept on searching for something!
But after a day, what a sense of relief! I started to opt for my own choice of options, to spend my quality time. Had fun with the neighbor’s kid. Read a book! Smiled at someone in the lift. Greeted the security guard! Got away from gossips, too much information, unnecessary forwards, depressing videos, facts with no facts etc.
I see the so called Whatsapp groups, has lost the meaning of its purpose which is primarily meant for communication. In the name of communication it is eating our my precious living moments all together. Family groups which are meant to pass love and affection are pouring advise and life quote videos. Friends groups which are supposed to have fun and laughter has started to forward inappropriate videos leading to so much of waste of time.
Yes! Coming out of social media is good and that too from Whatsapp groups is too good in many ways! One could read books, watch real butterfly in their own garden, see the sun peeping out of clouds, enjoy rain and so on, can be done which will bring real life pleasure than watching a no nonsense video laying on your bed!
Just as my soul, my mobile also got lightened and performs well, due to zero download of media and photos!
I see a new life now!