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Despite the negative notions the new media has received, it has served vociferously a soapbox for acid attack victims

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Where there is a will, there is way - This is how acid attack victims make use of social media, Source: Wikimedia Commons
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Feb 26, 2017: Over a long period of time, Social media as the new media has been criticized for disintegrating people to connect with reality. Despite the negative notions the new media has received, it has served vociferously a soapbox for acid attack victims. An acid attack is no longer uncanny for Indians, a purchased bottle of acid and feeling of vengeance is all that it takes to tear down victims’ life. However, These victims are no longer petrified and considered as victims, rather we see them as indomitable and fighting with fortitude with the help of a social connect.

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“Donate a face”, a campaign against acid attacks executed by Cheil India, was an initiative started a few years ago and strived to change the perception of acid attacks in minds of people. It was a campaign which talked about the heart-rending recovery of victims, and psychological imbalance the victim has to go through. The face is an important part of oneself – an irrevocable wounded face stains the identity of a victim. It thus targeted the then prevalent selfie craze and drove an urge to take faceless selfies among people. The campaign propelled people to take faceless selfies and upload it on Facebook and twitter profiles, this thusly spurred popularity through the help of social media and generated funds in abundance.

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In an attempt to the same, a photo shoot by Rahul Saharan for Rupa Designs takes on acid attack models. The photo shoot attempted to redefine notions of beauty. By conforming to its truest sense, a beauty should be idealized with flaws and reality. Another new media campaign adhered to boycott the sale of acid, petitioning the former Union Home Minister (Sushil Kumar Shine) with the help of change.org, a petition website portal. The petition was initiated by Lakshmi, an acid attack survivor and came out to be successful with government curbing down the sale of jeopardizing acid. This turned out into a confirmed victory with over 29,000 online supporters.

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In the era of brutality, nothing seemed to wither these women’s invulnerable spirit. When nobody pays heed to your woes, it is the new media which helped these victims voice out and evolve stronger since the day of the committed heinous crime. Whether it is a campaign, a photo shoot or an online petition, the new media speaks volume when it comes to hearing these victims. Needless to say, new media is boon and serves as a stepping stone to these victims. There is a lot to absorb from these survivors who fought valiantly in the face of crime.

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Facebook Can Help Older People Feel Less Lonely

The researchers also suggested that commenting on and responding to them gave older users a feeling of social interaction.

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For the study, the researchers recruited more than 200 participants who were 60 years and older and used Facebook for at least a year.
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If your grandparents are struggling with isolation, showing them how to use Facebook may help as researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found that social networking sites offer tools and activities that may help older adults feel more empowered and less lonely.

Facebook and similar social networking sites could play a critical role in easing isolation and making them feel like they are part of a large community, said the study published in the journal New Media and Society.

“This is important, especially for older adults who might be aging in place, because they have mobility constraints that limit their ability to socialize,” said study co-author S. Shyam Sundar, Professor at the Pennsylvania State University in the US.

The researchers "friended" the participants on Facebook so they could count the number of times they used the various tools in the site during the past year.
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For the study, the researchers recruited more than 200 participants who were 60 years and older and used Facebook for at least a year.

The researchers “friended” the participants on Facebook so they could count the number of times they used the various tools in the site during the past year.

The participants were also asked to respond to a questionnaire that captured the gratifications they obtained from Facebook.

Older adults who posted a lot of personal stories on Facebook felt a higher sense of community, and the more they customised their profiles, the more in control they felt, Sundar said.

The researchers also suggested that commenting on and responding to them gave older users a feeling of social interaction.

Sundar added that using social media is not a uniform experience that is either all bad, or all good, but offers multiple functions for diverse users.

Older adults are increasingly adopting social media, in general, and are a growing number of Facebook’s total membership, said Eun Hwa Jung from National University of Singapore who worked with Sundar.

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Facebook is considered the most popular social network among older adults, the researchers added.

The researcher also emphasised that developers of social media networks should consider the needs of this growing group of users.

For example, they should create features that enhance the identity of older adults while simultaneously protecting their privacy. (IANS)