The Dark Side of Social Media

Malik Sheryar Munawar 12:49 PM | 22 May, 2023
The Dark Side of Social Media

Social media has revolutionized the way we interact with the world, and it has brought many benefits, including connecting people across the globe and enabling creativity and entrepreneurship. However, it also has negative impacts, particularly on the youth. One of the most significant negative impacts of social media on the youth is the negative effect on mental health.

Constant comparison, striving for perfection, and seeking validation can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. Social media can also contribute to body dysmorphia, where individuals become overly concerned with their physical appearance and feel insecure about their bodies. 

Another negative impact of social media on the youth is the spread of misinformation and fake news. Many young people rely on social media as their primary source of news and information, which can be problematic as much of the content on social media is unverified and unreliable. This can lead to confusion, misunderstandings, and even dangerous behaviour, such as the spread of false health information or conspiracy theories.

Moreover, money generated from social media can also have negative impacts on the youth. It can create a sense of pride and grumpiness among young people. The constant stream of attention likes, and followers can create a sense of entitlement, leading some youth to believe that they are superior to others. The pursuit of money through social media can sometimes lead to unethical behaviour, such as buying followers or engaging in clickbait, which can damage their reputation and credibility. 

 Social media can also have a detrimental effect on physical health. Many youths spend long hours glued to their screens, leading to a sedentary lifestyle that can cause weight gain, obesity, and other health problems. Additionally, excessive use of social media can interfere with sleep patterns, leading to sleep deprivation, which can cause a range of physical and mental health problems.

 Another negative impact of social media is its effect on relationships. It is easy to misunderstand tone and intention on social media, leading to conflict and misunderstandings. Additionally, social media can cause jealousy and mistrust, as individuals may feel threatened by their partner’s interactions with others on social media. 

 Finally, social media can have a negative impact on productivity and time management. The constant notifications, alerts, and distractions can interfere with work, school, and other important responsibilities. The temptation to check social media can be too strong, leading to procrastination and wasted time. 

 In conclusion, while social media has its benefits, it is crucial to be aware of its negative impacts, particularly on the youth. Parents, educators, and policymakers must take steps to ensure that young people are informed about the potential downsides of social media and are equipped with the tools to use it in a healthy and responsible way. By promoting a balanced approach to social media usage, we can mitigate its negative impacts and enjoy the benefits it has to offer.

Malik Sheryar Munawar
Malik Sheryar Munawar

The writer is the owner of a private school in Lahore Cantt.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on May 31, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on May 31, 2023 (Wednesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 312.4 316.65
Euro EUR 331.5 334.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 382 385
U.A.E Dirham AED 84.9 85.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 82.7 83.5
Australian Dollar AUD 201 203
Bahrain Dinar BHD 758.7 766.7
Canadian Dollar CAD 228 230.2
China Yuan CNY 40.34 40.74
Danish Krone DKK 41.03 41.43
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.44 36.79
Indian Rupee INR 3.45 3.56
Japanese Yen JPY 2.18 2.41
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 927.38 936.38
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.94 62.54
New Zealand Dollar NZD 172.79 174.79
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 740.96 748.96
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.37 79.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 214 216
Swedish Korona SEK 26.36 26.66
Swiss Franc CHF 315.7 318.2
Thai Bhat THB 8.21 8.36

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – May 31 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 232,300 on Wednesday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs199,160.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Karachi PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Islamabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Peshawar PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Quetta PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Sialkot PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Attock PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Gujranwala PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Jehlum PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Multan PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Bahawalpur PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Gujrat PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Nawabshah PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Chakwal PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Hyderabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Nowshehra PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Sargodha PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Faisalabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Mirpur PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485


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