“Social media has largely entered our everyday life. But the medium is evolving and its credibility has to be checked and inspected. Therefore we cannot be dependent on this medium,” said secretary of education and finance, Government of Goa, Daulat Hawaldar while speaking as chief guest at the annual prize distribution ceremony of Mormugao Education Society’s College of Arts and Commerce, Zuarinagar (MES). Also present on the occasion were chairman of MES, Madhavrao Kamat; principal of MES College, R B Patil; vice principal, Rekha Gaonkar; chairperson of students’ council, Cosma Fernandes and general secretary of students’ council, Adnaan Meman.
Hawaldar further said that social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp or Twitter have a more negative impact than positive on our lives. He added: “Due to these mediums we are losing the people-to-people connect that fostered meaningful dialogue. Social media has made young people lonely and insensitive towards others. But as nothing is permanent, there is optimism that young people will come out from the overuse of such media.”
He also stressed on emphasising the need for cultivating habits of reading, theatre, films, art, craft, music and sports which are the traditional forms of knowledge and recreation.
In his address Kamat mentioned that he has been a part of 46 prize distribution ceremonies of the college and every year students displayed quality performance in education along with sports, art, culture and other co-curricular activities.
The function concluded with the prize distribution ceremony.