How Social Media Is Changing The Lives Of People In The Third World Countries
World has indeed become a small place with advancement in science and technology. What was thought to be impossible just few decades ago is now a reality. With the advent of internet this gap was further diminished and now we can say the world is connected like never before. Social media is another progeny of technology that is also playing amazingly great role in bringing the whole world together. Wherever the internet is easily available social media is working wonders in the whole countries physic and is creating some regime turning revolutions that we have seen or seeing, the great Arab revolution can be seen as an example of the power of social media.
The developing countries and the under developed countries need social media more than anything else. Social can very effectively media acts as a bridge between the developed countries and the developing ones. It can very well be the building blocks in the road to the development to these third world countries. There are many ways in which the social media can act as a catalyst for the underprivileged countries and make them the privileged ones.
Social Media Acts As A Mediator:
Social media is like a link of the third world people to the world. Earlier people of these countries were not aware about any of their surroundings and thus the politicians and local war lords controlled their lives. The whole alienation from the rest of the world was the main reason that the people were constantly under dictatorships and other oppressive regimes. The introduction to the social media changes the whole scene.
Arab spring (Arab revolution): In 2011 the world witnessed the real power of social media. The third world country Egypt saw the true strength and might of social media. Five nations were affected by this revolution namely Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Syria and Bahrain. The effect was highly effective where either the regime was toppled or major uprisings and social violence occurred.
This revolution was clearly an indicator of how social media has entered the lives of the people of third world and the great influence it has on their lives. It was a clear example of how social media not only changes the lives of the people but changed the fate of the whole nations.
Social Media Is Pro-life For Third World Countries:
It is a known fact that the live expectancy and live quality is inferior in the third world countries as compared to the developed ones. It is an everyday struggle for the populace of these countries. Millions of precious lives are lost to the epidemics, wars, water borne and air borne deceases. Year on year the lives were lost in shocking numbers. But with the emergence of social media in these countries especially Africa things have changed amazingly great. Social media has enables the authorities and the people to know very fast if any epidemic strikes. The social media is smartly used now in these countries and has proved really more helpful and useful then the old and traditional methods.
- A recent study in Science today proved that twitter predicts flu outbreaks faster than any other medium.
- Chronicles of education says that twitter predicts cholera epidemic faster than the health authorities.
Thus we see the social media is proving to be an amazing conglomerate of change, increased life span and epidemic control in the third world countries.
Social media helps to stop Atrocities and violence:
Third world countries have been witness to some gruesome and heinous human right violations in the world. In earlier times the world was unaware of the happening in these countries and the war lords and the rebels continuously killed raped and harassed people and with the world in darkness about this it continued mercilessly for much time. The social media has completely changed the whole scene. Now whenever some human right violation or any type of violence takes place people take video and share it on social media platforms of concerned department and it helps to catch the culprits and also make them proved criminals.
So the crime rate has actually started to dip in these countries as people are more aware and vigilant. It also helps to get the world’s attention to these countries and much help comes through social media platforms. The case of girls been kidnapped by Boko Haram is a example of this when the whole world came in support of these girls and much international pressure came on the ruling regime the hashtag #bringbackourgirls was trending worldwide.
Social Media Raises Awareness In The Masses And Uniting People In The Third World:
Social media creates awareness in the people for their human rights and the right to good governess. The best example can be of the people of Nigeria where 700000 Nigerians, used the power of social media to conduct fare and free election first time in the history of the country. In this a powerful leader was replaced in a democratic and fare way all , Nigeria now has 75 million social media users, 700,000 of whom took to social media to report results from locally developed voter-monitoring applications, helping to ensure the real results stood.
People are now more aware about their rights and privileges all thanks to the social media and its influence. The new enlightened population also puts pressure on the leaders and politicians to ensure that give good governess and cater to the well being of the people and thus change the living standard of the people as a whole.
Social Media Is Helping In Education Of The Third World:
Education was a dream to many in the under developed countries, war, religion, discrimination and lack of resources had kept them away from attaining education. The situation of the girls was even worse as they were forced to refrain from education. The case of Malala yousafzai is a perfect example of how extreme and dangerous is to get education in these countries. But social media has opened the doors of education for these people. People are now learning through youtube videos on many educational as well as occupational courses. Facebook and twitter also help people of the third world to connect with the outside world, who can help them to learn and accumulate education. Google has become a perfect location for the people of these countries to search and embrace education.
Social media helped third world countries to spread reform and conserve their culture:
Social media has given these countries a window to the world. Through this window they have shared their culture to the world. The world which was initially unaware about the vast cultural treasures these countries were holding now are fascinated with the different beautiful aspects of the culture of these countries. The social media has helped these countries to spread the beautiful dance forms, culinary delicacies and customs to every nook and corner of the world. Social media has also helped in eradicating and spreading awareness about some customs that were harmful and ill intended towards certain people of the society. Like the issues of child brides in some of these countries, protecting some endangered species, educating girls and many more.
Social media has helped third world countries to be self employed and do business:
Third world entrepreneurs were previously helpless in spreading their business and finding new markets. But social media proved a boon for them. With the power of social media in their hand they are spreading their business like never before. Instagram, twitter and facebook can be used very effectively to advertise business and marketers of the third world countries are using these platforms to create a following and finding new market and clients for business. With all the payment now being online it has really become very easy to do a international deal. Many business owners are taking services from companies which provide real instagram followers and thus increase their client and market base. Thus social media is really turning out to be goldmine for third world countries’ business men.
Social media has indeed brought the whole world together. Now all are aware of the capabilities and opportunities which the country can provide. It is a amazing technology that can transform the fate of the underdeveloped countries and proper usage and engagement of social media platforms can be the key to take these so called third world countries to the main stream to be called as first world and developed.