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Topic 2 :Social networks like Facebook are addictive and detrimental to society
The following topic was asked in IIM B for essay writing.....
This is my take on it.
You too can contribute your essays and please do comment on this one.I think this would definitely help in the long run.....
Topic 2 :Social networks like Facebook are addictive and detrimental to society
With the modern times, the ways of communicating have been metamorphosed from letters and telephonic calls to texting on mobiles, status updates on Social medium such as Twitter, Facebook, Google plus etc. With over 1 billion users worldwide, Facebook has been the largest social networking site followed by rivals Twitter, Google plus and Orkut. With the help of internet cafes n Mobile internet socializing has been accessible to one and all. As a result not only teenagers but also elderly are addicted to this new concept of socializing where in one can have convivial chats and share status updates, thus making one's profile a forte to boast of.
Social Media has become an addictive drug for many. A study has revealed that India has second largest number of Facebook users in the world and unsurprisingly around 48 % of these belong to 18-24 years age group, who spend on an average 7 hour and 45 minutes on Facebook per month. First of all such figures are a testimony to the changing lifestyle of the youth which has detrimental effect on health, sitting long hours before laptops or PCs have serious consequences on eye-sight and lead to problems like back ache, muscle cramps etc. Moreover in recent times a lot of girls have been victims to gangs who misuse their pictures and even few have repented for believing on that online unknown guy who ditched them later. This has made physical activities a rare breed to find among teenagers, the same 14 year boy who should have been playing with friends is rather sitting in front of a laptop anticipating more likes on his profile picture and unsurprisingly it has caused serious impact on academic performance of such addicted teenagers. Social media does try to damage one's social life but like every phenomenon that exists in this world it has also got certain plus points which has helped the society a lot.
Social Media has helped a lot to those who find it difficult to stay connected with their old pals, chatting with them has been a kind of messiah for these. It acts as a collection of pictures of friends and relatives one can visit a thousand times to recollect those old nostalgic moments in life. Facebook acted as a medium to gather support for various movements on social as well as political themes. On a larger canvas social media has also played a vital role in voicing people's demands for liberalising their nation such as that in Egypt, Syria and various other Middle East countries. Social media has been also instrumental in involving common man in the discussions and debate over various political and economic topics which was once limited to certain enlightened mass. This not only allows a layman to be aware of current happenings but also delineates the needs of the public.
Since everything has two sides one good and another one bad, so one can definitely not blame Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and all to develop such sites. It is rather our duty to use social media judiciously and to our best interest. It won't be a good option either to have censorship over use of social media rather today's youth should be educated to use social media more maturely such that it's true importance in our society comes out.
It started with the fifth semester of my engineering. Like most students, I joined coaching classes for preparation. Like most engineers, strong at quant. I wa...
Well, not all endings are as happy as you daydream about them. It happened with me as well. But none the less, it is a success story.
It started with the fifth semester of my engineering. Like most students, I joined coaching classes for preparation. Like most engineers, strong at quant. I was weak in verbal, perhaps from my schooldays. I had scored 67/100 and 69/100 in english in my tenth and twelfth; very average marks. Reading was highly recommended. Sermons for hours on the importance of reading were showered by my verbal professor. And I started reading. I had been reading Economic Times since my fourth semester. Then I added Project Syndicate, The Economist, and Stanford’s Philosophy Encyclopedia. A tip: Never read the economist from their site. Go to some torrent site and download it there. Also, I did ‘Word Power Made Easy’ by Norman Lewis. By and large, the fifth semester was quite cool. Also, I got introduced to pagalguy, but I wasn’t active at that time.
Exams ended and started preparation in the vacation in full swing. More reading, more solving. The sixth semester was also very hectic for me. E Week at E CELL and online publicity of my college cultural festival kept me tied up for the entire February. Yet, I managed to carry on my preparation. Then college continued as usual. But now I had to focus a lot on preparing for placements as well. An advice to all fresher MBA aspirants: First get placed. You never know what might turn out for you, so better reduce your risks. Semester six exams ended.
This vacation was full of studies. Being in electronics and telecommunication engineering, one doesn’t have job opportunities in this sector. Hence, I had to study computer science subjects as well. Along with that, mock tests started. And as a lot of people might have told you, concentrate a lot on mocks. More on this later. Then, I fell sick and was hospitalized for a week. Well, this resulted in a loss of a chance for a really good company (read pay package ). But I got placed later in a nice profile. Then I went at full swing on CAT prep.
Mocks became extremely important. TIME mock tests are really good. I became wiser with every passing mock. But I could never cross 95 %ile. I used to be disappointed every time when I either made a lot of errors or scored low. But, I kept learning from my mistakes. And irony happens as well. I used to get all parajumbles correct before studying them and many wrong after studying them. Strange, isn’t it? Practice, practice, and practice became mantra. Learning from more mistakes was more important.
Then came the D Day: 21 October, 2012. I was chilled, never panicked a lot. The test started. Quant section’s first question puzzled me. But I didn’t panic. Then was a DI set whose table I couldn’t decipher. “Never mind”, I said to myself. Then I kept solving continuously. Reached the last question and solved it as well. Saw the number of attempts, it was 24. I was a bit satisfied. Then, I came back to the first question, and it clicked me. It was a no brainer question, I did a facepalm then. However I couldn’t solve the DI set and other two questions. Total attempts: 25
Then came the verbal section. Selected an RC to start with and solved all questions. Then I kept on solving questions. I never studied phrasal verbs and hence I skipped 3 questions on them. I dared to attempt the only one grammar question I had in my paper. Had a different kind of logic question but I was prepared for it as I had followed PG well. More on this later. I read another RC, but I could attempt only one question as I wasn’t sure about the other two. Total Attempts: 24
Then came the result day. I slept after being awake till 4 AM. Woke up in the morning checked the result.
Overjoyed! Made the cut in the first attempt.
Now, all I want to say about CAT:
1. Reading helps a lot. More than for aptitude tests, it helps for GDPI. During GDPI training, I had got this feedback during the initial sessions: you have content; you need to work on presentation. You don’t see your language improving overnight but you will feel the improvement later.
2. Mocks and analyzing them is extremely important. I never scored beyond 95%ile in my mocks but I scored a 99.48 in CAT. It is more important to make your own strategy and learn from your mistakes than scoring.
3. Follow PG once the window starts. Any anomaly in the question types can be detected by people’s discussions. Very few people reported reasoning based DI sets and sequence related logic questions. I got a sequence based logic set. So, follow PG well. And if CAT takers are asked parajumbles and paragraph completion on first day, then they cannot ask paragraph summary on the last day. Following PG helps you know the question types asked in CAT.
4. Well, this is not a well researched opinion, but I would like to say that high attempts and high accuracy are needed to score in CAT. I believe all my 25 correct attempts in quant only might have fetched me a 99.82%ile in it. Once a person told me that he concentrated a lot on accuracy in his first attempt, but it didn’t work out well for him. In this next attempt he concentrated a lot on attempts, and he scored a 98+. And somehow it is logical that normalization acts on your raw score which can be increased by more attempts. I need not say that they need to be accurate.
5. Number of attempts can be increased by practice and accuracy is a function of expertise you have developed. This expertise is not related to your practice. I was naturally good at quant; hence I didn’t need that much practice. Also, concentration while solving matters a lot.
6. You need to reach the height in your preparations after which all you need to do is concentrate while solving the test. I reached that peak few days before CAT. After that NMAT: 230 or 99.7%ile. IIFT: 57.67/100 (good score) XAT: 97.63%ile CMAT: 294/400. AIR 440 (96/100 in Quant, 85/100 in verbal, 76/100 in logic) I want to mention that I scored 98.23%ile in verbal in XAT. One of the most difficult verbal papers in the history of XAT. And if you remember my average marks in English in my boards, this was a huge improvement. Moral: nothing is impossible.
7. The most important thing: CAT SUCKS. It’s highly non transparent. You don’t know how they normalize. Then there are thousands of rumors on what matters in CAT. You need to be lucky as well as hardworking at the same time. I have seen quite a lot of good people not getting good percentiles in CAT. CONCENTRATE ON OTHER ENTRANCE EXAMS. DO NOT RELY ON CAT.
As usual, I expected some old IIM calls. But I had no calls from the top six IIMs. Some wanted 80% in graduation without normalizing when I had 78%. But by and large DIVERSITY CURSE had hit me. After all I am a male, fresher, and engineer. I was interested in these four calls: XLRI, FMS, IIFT, and MDI. I wanted XLRI very badly but it was a bad PI and hence a reject. FMS was also a reject, I converted IIFT, and MDI.
Well, life’s hard. You don’t always get what you daydream. With two calls from really big colleges and rejects from both, I felt shattered. We always forget that we hear only a lot of success stories, for example, this thread, but there are many other failures as well. Not everything is smooth, and not all success stories end at IIM ABC. But it all depends on you, what you make out of the opportunities that come your way. Determination, discipline, and the correct attitude matter the most.
Two more exits from UPA cabinet
It is well said “What goes around comes around”.Finally, after a discussion with Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her political secretary Ahmed Patel, PM Manmohan Singh made the two err...
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Two more exits from UPA cabinet
It is well said “What goes around comes around”.
Finally, after a discussion with Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her political secretary Ahmed Patel, PM Manmohan Singh made the two errant ministers resign. Railway ministry and Law ministry became headless as Pawan Kumar Bansal and Ashwani Kumar resigned on 10th may and ended days of embarrassment for the congress. Though both ministers deny any foul play, it's just a matter of time that the truth would prevail.
Pawan Kumar Bansal was made to resign as his nephew, Vijay Singla was arrested by CBI in Chandigarh on 3rd May 2013 for alleged bribery of Rs. 90 lakhs from Narayana Rao Manjunath and Sandeep Goyal on behalf of Mahesh Kumar, a member of the Indian Railway Board for getting another position in the Railway Board. Vijay Singla had business establishments in diversified sectors of real estate, cement, Steel manufacturing, packaging and infrastructure with the help of Bansal, his business flourished once Bansal won Chandgarh seat in 1991. There were meetings held between Singla and heads of various of his companies in presence of Bansal, so it was quite natural for Bansal to feel the heat when his cousin was caught on bribery counts. While this was a more indirect case of foul play, the case with Ashwani Kumar was a more direct one, as he was caught vetting the CBI affidavit in Coalgate issue before it was submitted to the court. In april 2013 CBI director, Ranjit Sinha submitted an affidavit to the Honourable Supreme Court of India stating that Ashwani Kumar had vetted it's affidavit regarding Coalgate thus triggering a uproar in Parliament by opposition to sack the dented minister. Supreme Court was dismal regarding the matter with the Central Government as it showed that CBI has become a “caged parrot” at the behest of politicians who lampoon the independent nature of the investigating authority.
With the departure of these two ministers there have been eight vacancies with three of them in the Union Cabinet. In march DMK's support withdrawal from UPA meant that M.K. Alagiri had to see his portfolio in Chemicals and fertilizers go headless along with five MoS. It has been a daunting task for UPA to survive scandal after sandal in its second term with UPA completing 9 years in office this summer it has been a really tough task for PM Manmohan Singh And Congress president Sonia Gandhi to manoeuvre the coalition. Frequent exits and pressure from various allies has made this government handicapped of taking any major economic policies but never the less Manmohan Singh would be in the chair till 2014 as TINA(there is no alternative) factor favours him.
Such foul play have become a nuisance to such an extent that its high time for the Government to take bold steps to regain faith among common man if it has to get re-elected in the next elections. Media plays a major role in this regard a it has to ensure that a fair justice is given and ensure that the matter is not pushed under the carpet after the ministerial exits. Government needs to set an independent and fair inquiry into each and every scam and corruption case such that each one involved in such cases is booked and receive appropriate punishment and take punitive action such as a lifetime ban from elections. Thus giving a strong deterrent