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Esha Gupta Says That Sexual Crimes Amongst Youngsters Have Increased Due To Overexposure To Social Media. She Has A Point

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There is a stark difference between teenagers today and when we were teenagers. I’ll give you a small example, my biggest problem as a teenager was that my mother would not let me play with my friends after dark. Now, the biggest problem they have is that they got only a hundred likes on their latest Instagram post or that someone didn’t follow them back. At that age, I had to beg my mother to let me have a cell phone. And as much as I hated it, looking at them, I am so glad I grew up when I did.

The world of social media world is great and a lot of fun but only when you know the difference between right and wrong. When we scroll through Instagram mindlessly for hours, we know what not to do. But that’s not always the case. Sometimes, people  don’t know where to draw the line.

I mean, why else would the whole Bois Locker Room debacle have occurred? These boys were barely 15 years old and instead of talking about video games and football, they were planning rapes and assault. That’s not normal and it’s no one’s fault but their own. It’s beyond worrisome because this isn’t the first group of its nature and we all know, it won’t be the last.

The million-dollar question here is what is causing this shift in perspective and attitudes? I can think of a few things but ultimately all those roads just lead to excessive mindless social media usage. Actually, actress Esha Gupta has some very interesting things to say about this problem.

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In a recent interview, she said, “Sexual crime is also increasing among youngsters because they are overexposed. I am not against exploring new relationships and possibilities, dating and other adventures. But I am surely against sexual exploitation that has increased due to overexposed social media. I just wish that youngsters live their lives more in the real world than the virtual world.”

She further added, “I think these days, youngsters have more first-world problems rather than real-world issues. Their problems can be, ‘why am I not getting more likes and popularity among peers on social media?’ Their problem can be as unreal as, ‘why is his car bigger than mine?’ There is jealousy, greed, and exhibitionism rather than living in the moment while exploring. It is not just the problem of teenagers but everyone whose life is all about living on social media. The Internet has given access to everything to everyone! But their problem is not coming out of experience but overexposure.”

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Esha makes some very valid and relevant points and I couldn’t agree with her more. Unlike us, these kids have a free hand to do whatever they like on the internet. That coupled with their half-baked knowledge spells recipe for disaster, which means it was only a matter of time before this whole thing spiralled out of control.

Unfortunately, media also plays a huge role in this. They often objectify women portraying them as sex objects. What influence do you think that has on a 15-year-old kid? Not a good one, that’s for sure. Look, we weren’t perfect teenagers either, we have done our fair share of shady things as well, like sneak into clubs. But obviously this isn’t one of those things – it was much worse.

I honestly think social media needs to come with a few parental controls for minors. What do you think?

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