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‘Madam, please accept maadi’

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | PRIYA RATHNAM
Published Apr 21, 2019, 12:00 am IST
Updated Apr 21, 2019, 12:19 am IST
With the increase in accessibility to gadgets, youngsters are victims to comments and friend requests from strangers.
A picture from CAM used for representational purpose only
 A picture from CAM used for representational purpose only

A notification on your phone beeps and a message pops up on the screen. You open and get to see a text on messenger, then Instagram, Hike and what not? and of course WhatsApp too. We  tend to upload pictures on our social media handles for fun but later  succumb to sleazy comments. Apart from this, we also receive inappropriate messages from random strangers surfing the forum. Well, on a lighter note, some of these messages can give you a good laugh. Here are some of the most creepiest yet imbecile messages. ‘Hi Ali, this is also Ali.’ ‘Hi dear, you look adorable. How about hanging out?’, ‘Hi, I know I’m a stranger to you, but will you please accept my friend request?’ ‘Hey, hi. Do you remember me? I’m your childhood friend.’ ‘Hey hi, you drink right? Let’s catch-up at my place when my parents are away’.

Kavya SrinivasKavya Srinivas

 

Shwetha Shivali, a social media user, she says,  “What disturbed me the most is when I’ve written a blog for a Tollywood actor and he happened to share it from his account which resulted in getting requests from the actor’s mutual friends. One aspiring actor who wanted me to write a blog for him too messaged frequently. Apparently, because he said he loved me, he found it easy to talk about masturbation and how important it is for him to give himself a hand-job and asked me if I do anything to myself for pleasure. Due to my disinterested behaviour towards his messages, he just faded away. I really have no idea if their ID’s are genuine or not. I just ignore every random request and every message.” Shwetha adds to her experience saying “I have a decent number of followers and friends and keep myself away from accepting random requests. What’s pathetic is that  random guys message like they think it’s a virtue that you compliment a woman, flatter and then think she’s good to go to be your friend and the minute you actually respond to them, you get 10 more requests from his mutual friends.”

She ended up saying “Social media has overdone its purpose of existence and has given people too much to make misuse of. It has given people a very easy way to track down women and keep sending messages and adamant requests from n number of accounts.”

There are many social media platforms meant for communication, information and entertainment. Especially fake Ids on these platforms change the meaning of its usage. In most of the cases young girls to professionally occupied women on Facebook are facing issues mainly with the guys who can be termed as youngster and teenagers. They see a girl ID on any social media platform and then the drama starts which is called conversation. They are not just messages. Few write good stories too. They say ‘I bought a second hand phone and your number is already saved in this phone,’ ‘I’m your childhood friend. How can you forget me?’ ‘Hey don’t ignore this message. I’m really interested in you,’ ‘Hey, I’m a porn star and I can’t share it with anyone I know because I’ll be judged, that’s why I messaged you and many more lines we get to hear. They follow a pattern of stories and the sequence repeats for a period of time.

Akhila, freelance writer says “I am not very active on Facebook but I do use Instagram a lot, as a personal blog to post my poetry and photographs. I do not post photos of myself frequently. With over 1300 followers on my Instagram. Once I posted something a little political, and I got a few comments attacking me personally instead of debating the issue. This defintely took things to the next level.  I am not very good at guessing if IDs are genuine or not, but I do get texts that slowly try to make a personal connection, which I don’t appreciate. And I don’t respond to random texts from people I don’t know.”

Kavya Srinivas, a process associate at an MNC says “I’ve been using social media from the time I laid my hands on my first gadget. Mobile phones can be used for information, entertainment and education but the current generation are misusing the right to technology. With all the basic social media accounts on my phone, and various threats they care capable of causing makes me feel very insecure. The incident that totally got to me on Facebook was, some random guy sent messages constantly and verbally abused me for not responding. This was one horrific incident that can never be erased from my memory and I never accepted any requests from strangers thereafter. Being a girl I’m always concerned about the followers I approve on social media platforms. Yet, 40% of the follow requests are from fake IDs which is clearly inevitable.”

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