By Faz Zia
Before Technology was once considered a male dominated arena, but times have changed and women have come a long way. We now have many successful women around us who prove their selves such as Sheryl Sandberg as the CEO of Facebook and Marissa Mayer as the president and CEO of Yahoo they break the glass ceiling. So it’s really no surprise that women are flocking to social media.
According to the data of Pew internet “Facebook rules supreme in terms of popularity, with 81% of respondents using the site. According to the data, women use social media approximately 12 hours a week. However the most surprising find was that an astonishing 19% of women, claim that some of their best friends are people they have never met. They only know them via social media”.
Another astounding figure was that 24% of women would rather socialize via social media than meeting face to face. Based on these findings, it shouldn’t be too surprising that 75% of these women ranked the use of social networks to be more enjoyable than dating or spending time with their significant other. When I first read the figures I was in shock; But when you understand the rationale it all made sense.( ref Pew Internet)
I am not saying that social media is bad but make sure you know the limits sharing good stuff , work is ok but posting everything is sometimes risky for example posting your children pics on the net with thousands of friends which you never met or don’t know personally is little risky. I am just sharing my personal opinion that your social media is just your don’t expose your immediate family there perhaps may be they don’t want to be there.
On the other hand social media is a big marketing too and Women have power and influence that can make or break any product. Because women on social media are very quick to endorse a product they love, but if the product is bad they will write a bad review or blog, tweet and do everything short of shouting about it from the rooftops. Bad news travels fast and when it comes to women and social media, it travels at light speed.
Black Friday is there so rather than going crazy on the online shopping and queuing up outside the store to buy unnecessary things which may be you can refund or will be sitting somewhere in the corner of the house please don’t buy. Look at the figures more than half of Facebook’s 1.11 billion users are women. 18% of women update their status every day compared to only 11% of their male counterparts.
Start to live your life rather than on the phone or IPad gave normal conversation rather than text or Whatsapp we are in a loss a big loss if we don’t know how to use and how much to use any technology. It is a big wake up call.
While writing these lines, I would also like to share you a good news for women that
Human rights activist and senator Krishna Kumari has been named in the annual BBC 100 Women list that honours the achievements of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world every year.
39-year-old Krishna belongs to the Kohli community from the remote village of Dhana Gam in Nagarparkar (Sindh) and was elected as senator in March after spending many years working for the rights of bonded labourers in Pakistan. She is the first Thari Hindu woman to be elected to the Pakistan senate.
Her endeavours to end bonded labour in Pakistan are fuelled by her own childhood experience of being forced to work with her family by a landlord in Umerkot for three years before being rescued in a police raid.
After they were released from bonded labour, her parents encouraged her to study, supporting her from primary classes in Umerkot and Mirpurkhas to a postgraduate degree in sociology from the University of Sindh, Jamshoro.
After being trained further in human rights, Krishna worked for the Youth Civil Action Programme to identify cases of bonded labour and conducted case studies focusing women under bondage, organised workshops and seminars on bonded labour, sexual harassment at workplace and other human and women’s rights issues and wrote for various newspapers.
When she was elected to Senate, she vowed to continue working for “the rights of the oppressed people, especially for the empowerment of women, their health and education.”