Monday January 20, 2020

Glorification of Trolling Has added Crazy Pressure on Entertainers, Says Priyanka Chopra

According to Priyanka, that is the only pressure which she feels "sometimes is unnecessary but being put on" a public personality

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Priyanka Chopra at the people's choice awards. Wikimedia commons
Priyanka Chopra at the people's choice awards. Wikimedia commons

Priyanka Chopra has always walked to the beat of her own drum. But the actress says glorification of trolling has added “crazy pressure” on entertainers.

She feels the increasing prevalence of trolling culture only leads to bullying and depression.

“First of all, the pressure comes from people’s opinion and how in today’s age everyone’s opinion becomes news,” Priyanka told IANS in an interview when asked about the pressures that comes with the ‘global star’ tag.

“Most of the time, I see media writing about trolling that someone got trolled for this and that. I have never understood how somebody’s opinion becomes news. How the media gives such credence to maybe 500, 600 or 1000 people writing behind the anonymity of the computer,” added the actress, who came to India for professional as well as personal reasons.

Priyanka – who managed to squeeze out time from her busy schedule to talk about her Hollywood film ‘Isn’t It Romantic’, which released in India on streaming platform Netflix – admits there are “pressures of living in the digital world”.

“Those are the pressures that are not even created by us or the fans. It is just created by the one thing which is the internet. It has has made people’s job easier… You can make a story out of anybody’s comment.”

The ‘Quantico’ star thinks the “glorification of trolling has added the crazy pressure on to entertainers”.

Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra. Flickr

“There is something called living your life according to the social responsibility that you feel as an individual and then there is something else like living your life according to how everybody else wants to you to live. And that is not the world we should live in,” said the actress, who has herself faced the wrath on social media for sometimes her dressing style or using firecrackers on her wedding last year or for taking her husband and singer Nick Jonas’ name.

Priyanka, who proved her mettle with projects such as ‘Don’, ‘Fashion’, ‘7 Khoon Maaf’, ‘Barfi!’, ‘Mary Kom’ and ‘Bajirao Mastani’ in India, pointed out a serious implication coming out of the trolling culture.

“Our children should not be thought that people’s opinions are that important…When they get bullied in school or when they get bullied as teenagers because of the comments written on Instagram and it leads them to depression leading them to take harsh decisions in their life.

“It is being propagated by these kinds of stories where we give so much importance to what we look like on Instagram or what we talk about on Twitter or what our imagery is.”

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According to Priyanka, that is the only pressure which she feels “sometimes is unnecessary but being put on” a public personality.

Talking about herself, she said: “I have been not someone who has lived my life according to somebody else. I have walked to the beat of my own drum but I am very cognizant of somebody’s feelings as a public person.”

On the film front, the actress is getting great response for “Isn’t It Romantic”, which tells the story of a New York architect Natalie (Rebel Wilson) who works hard to get noticed at her job, but is more likely to be asked to deliver coffee and bagels than to design. Priyanka essays the role of a yoga ambassador. It also stars Liam Hemsworth and Adam Devine. (IANS)

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About 40% Women in India Fear Trolls on Internet: Report

Of the total women surveyed, nearly 80 per cent users access online content in English as well as local languages

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The internet is empowering a new breed of Indian women who are coming online and preparing to take their place in the workforce. The right platform and support as a community will enable greater inclusion, boosting participation of Indian women at the workplace. Pixabay

While education and career development is top priority for Women Internet users in India, 40 per cent of them fear irrelevant comments, being trolled and followed on smartphones which has become a preferred choice for them to remain online, a new report said on Tuesday.

While 44 per cent of women in Indian metros access online content in English to improve their soft skills and stay “job-ready,” this focus is sharper among younger women between the 18-23 age group, said the the Verizon Media survey conducted by Nielsen with 1,300 respondents in 12 cities.

Women users spend time online between 3 pm and 9 pm — a signal for brands on when to reach and engage with women audiences, according to the survey.

Across locations, younger women were found to access more content related to education, career growth and skill development, while older women between 29-35 years of age accessed more online video content related to personal well-being.

“The internet is empowering a new breed of Indian women who are coming online and preparing to take their place in the workforce. The right platform and support as a community will enable greater inclusion, boosting participation of Indian women at the workplace,” said Nikhil Rungta, Country Manager, India, Verizon Media.

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While education and career development is top priority for Women Internet users in India, 40 per cent of them fear irrelevant comments, being trolled and followed on smartphones which has become a preferred choice for them to remain online, a new report said on Tuesday. Pixabay

Smartphones are the device of choice for women users in India, with 60 per cent of women accessing the Internet only on these devices. This number spikes to over 75 per cent of women in Tier 1 cities.

According to the survey, women in India spend an average time of 145 minutes on their smartphones every day. Interestingly, women in Tier 1 cities spend about 25 minutes more on Internet compared to women in metros.

Of the total women surveyed, nearly 80 per cent users access online content in English as well as local languages.

Given the popularity of video and OTT content in the country, there is a clear preference towards watching videos over reading content online among women Internet users.

More than two-third of women surveyed had watched videos related to career development or social causes or personal well-being in the last one month.

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Women users spend time online on Internet between 3 pm and 9 pm — a signal for brands on when to reach and engage with women audiences, according to the survey. Pixabay

Health and fitness are priority areas for them, especially for women in the 35 and over age group.

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“Environmental conservation and child abuse related content were rated as high affinity content apart from education, women empowerment and career development,” said the survey. (IANS)