WHILE SUPPORT for Anna Hazare pours in on Facebook and Twitter at the speed of light, and the government

plans to snoop on our Facebook accounts to check for anti-social activities, on the other side of the globe, teenagers in Boston are being educated about how to break up with dignity on Facebook. Social media websites can spark revolutions and bring down governments and at the same time enable you to peek into the life of a former love interest and ruin his/her image. A post on Facebook or Twitter can have several social and political implications. To quote cyber law expert Pavan Duggal, ³It is a potent game changer in our lives.´ But is the iPad/ Blackberry/ Android generation really ready to handle social media ± the platform and huge database of information it offers? ³ It is a mixed bag. While there are youngsters who are out there making good use of the Internet, there are others who are not able to handle social media with maturity. It is hard to make a sweeping generalisation and say that

´ says Duggal.´ he says. A lot of awareness and education is required for youngsters using the Internet. What¶s true is that today¶s youth is alive to the power of social media and is ready to ride the tiger without realising the consequences. taking zeroIQ quizzes. But they have been few and far in between. But unfortunately it is not a priority area for the government. ³There have been wake up calls. snooping on an ex¶s profile and breaking up with lovers. The government should include social media in the school curriculum. there is a need of a code of etiquette that should be followed. We list some of them: . He adds that five to six out of ten youngsters won¶t think twice before doing something impulsively on a social networking website.youngsters are abusing the Internet. So when a clueless mouse-happy generation goes about posting objectionable pictures.

UNFRIEND WHEN Femail Magazine carried an article on whether it is ethical to snoop on your ex¶s Facebook profile. We have blocked and ignored each other since the time we had a break-up. but now I¶m all upbeat to carry on with my life. the unfriend application on FB can be put to some good use. but instead of snooping into each others¶ lives we opted not to have any connections at all ever again. so we both remain away from what¶s happening in our life or any updates about one another. We had a sour break-up which left me feeling empty. A six-monthly friend filter procedure won¶t do you any harm. You might have added some unwanted people to your friends list. and also we have made sure we don¶t have any mutual friends.. a reader wrote: ³I was in a serious relationship for about a three-and-a-half years.´ Besides blocking out the past. .. My ex-girlfriend and I are on FB.

engaged. The relationship status platter on Facebook is full of choices ± single. but a change in the relationship status invites the maximum number of comments within an hour of posting it. NOT COOCHY-COO WALL LOVE is no longer private. It should really come as a shock to him/ her. open relationship. It is the best way to attract attention.You won¶t regret the cleansing ritual. divorced and separated. RELATIONSHIP STATUS THERE may not be a survey for this. in a relationship. Sure our sensor board has no problems with kissing scenes. consult your partner (or ex in case you want to go from µin a relationship¶ to µsingle¶) first. married. In fact with . But just one word of advice ² before advertising your relationship status and inviting a flurry of comments. it¶s complicated.

´ says Ankit Khurana. voyeurism has reached its peak. But public displays of affection. Posts that rightfully belong to the private message column are out for the whole world to read. 34. how could I be friends with such filmi lovebirds? But that¶s how some people are.cooing for the latter. and paeans of love on the Facebook Wall of your beloved is a bit too much to handle.shows like Bigg Boss topping charts. learn the difference between a Facebook Wall and a message and save the coochy. Just a suggestion.UP HOW much courage do you really need to face your love interest (in whom you have lost interest) and talk out your differences and have an amicable break up? What¶s disturbing is that there is a race among .´ he adds. but at least have the discretion of letting some things be private. ³We know you are in love. No one is interested on how much you miss or love your µbaby¶. businessman. FB BREAK. I often feel. ³ It is a distraction and is pretty embarrassing.

with minimum time. don't Facebook it.up by changing his/her relationship status to single on Facebook. Yes it is lethal. Maybe a mature break-up is too much to ask for in the age of FB but do youngsters realise the aftermath of sleeping.boys and girls as to who announces the break. were told to face it. mouseclicks and keystrokes.com actually gives detailed guidelines as to how we can break up on Facebook. A write-up on Gawker. eating and breathing in a virtual world? However. there is a silver lining. Never mind the bad similie but isn¶t it true that you¶re always tempted to peek into your ex's life? . PEEK A BOO Your ex's profile on Facebook is like the most exquisite chocolate lying right in front uneaten and unattended. It¶s as addictive as chocolate too. quick and simple. The group of teenagers from Boston who were educated about how not to break up on FB.

But its not just women ² men too admit that they do not block their exes and like to peek into their profiles every now and then. ³Facebook is a great way to maintain a link with your former love interest. marriage and family counsellor. Once. ³They had got in touch with each other on Facebook and everyday they chatted over the Internet once the woman was asleep. ³Everyday we get cases wherein people have rekindled old flames and started an affair with an ex all over again. a seven-month pregnant woman met Sharma saying that her husband was having an affair with his much-married ex-girlfreind in Canada. PICTURE IMPERFECT .´ explains Dr Gitanjali Sharma.´ says Sharma.A survey has revealed that 40 per cent of women between the ages of 18 and 54 use Facebook to track their exes.´ she says.

just 36 photos. Their value system goes for a toss. say. do .WE have forgotten how nice it used to feel to flip through the pages of an old moth. Then there is the µtag phenomena¶. Dr Sharma tells us about a teenage girl whose boyfriend posted her objectionable pictures on Facebook.´ says Dr Sharma. Before tagging pictures of your best friend with her boyfriend. They can be instantly uploaded on to a virtual album on a social networking website without the hassles of developing a reel of film and waiting for a day to get. ³ It is a common practice among jilted lovers. No wonder we now have our entire life chronicled on Facebook. The digital era offers us hundreds of pictures at a click. But there¶s a darker side to these quick uploads.eaten album.

It gives you a huge database of zero. they simply write about their lunch. ADDICTED TO FB FACEBOOK boasts of 25 million users in India and the average time Indians spend on the website is three hours a month. It lets you be witty and cool through status messages. But this hobby soon turns into an addiction. . And with so much happening. who post a status message every hour and invite 20 comments and 50 likes.IQ games to choose from. It allows you to spy on profiles. if only to spy on their children. There are compulsive status message addicts. When they can¶t think of a status message witty enough. parents too are lurking on Facebook.them a favour ² ask them first.

So the whole world comes to know what kind of a kisser he/ or she is or her friend is. This is definitely not healthy.Then there are the photo addicts and the game addicts. no matter how embarrassing. Facebook is fun but don't let it rule your life. It is just a website. There are some who scoot for quizzes on Facebook and have no qualms putting up the result on their walls. .

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