Reality & Virtual Reality!!!

By Shubham Diwate

(Poor people & Social Media)

08 May, 2020

Poverty is a key barrier to being part of wider social networks. It can act as a barrier to transport and also the negative exchange of resources in networks. The poverty can also be a driver of self-exclusion from social networks. One dimension of poverty which has been often overlooked is weak social connectedness.

Social networks of people experiencing poverty do offer some financial, material and emotional support but this does not overcome socio-economic inequalities. Social media use can catalyse social networks but don’t generally increase them. Social networks in cyberspace tend to replicate those offline. As economic capital (i.e. money) can be converted into more useful things to improve life chances, social capital, trustworthy social networks can help people access useful opportunities.

There is reality and then there is “Instagram Reality”.

Poor People

  • Use social media for entertainment purposes.
  • Use social media to complain about being poor.

Wealthy People

  • Use socialmedia for self-gain.
  • Use social media for business, networking, and learning.
  • Only do things to stay ahead of broke people.
  • Don’t do things that have no financial benefit to them.

Misuse of Social Media

  • To create social disturbance
  • To create outrage for some personal evil objectives
  • To commit criminal activity against society by taking advantage of difference in religious ideologies

Factors which affect Poverty due to Social Media:

  • Negative socialization
  • Social networks with few resources
  • Physical isolation
  • Stigma

Shame of poverty is widely recognised as an exclusionary force on individuals. Social isolation being a feature which exacerbates the condition of poor persons. Concept of social exclusion implies that there is a downward spiral in which labour market marginality leads to poverty and social isolation, which in turn reinforce the risk of long-term unemployment. Unemployment increases the risks of poverty and poverty in turn makes it more difficult for people to return to work. However, there is no clear support for the view that social isolation is directly caused by unemployment. Concern for the implications of unemployment for social exclusion should focus primarily on the problem of poverty.

Mindset determines were you are heading:

Rich people have the mindset of seeking opportunities. They buy assets instead of liabilities. They buy books and attend seminars to improve themselves. Their daily routine is different from the poor. They get up early, exercise, read self-development book, plan their day and work their plan for the day. At the end of the day, they evaluate their day, adjust for improvement. They are willing to pay for a professional to get advice from. They always have a coach that is richer and smarter than them.

Poor people in the other hand, get up early, go to work, come home, watch TV or maybe play a little, eat dinner, relax a little, drink a little, then go to bed. No plans, nothing to evaluate, scared to try opportunities because of what they heard that nothing is going to work for them to improve their situation. They buy big screen TV instead of self-development books. They take advice from their fellow poor friends, neighbors, and families. This goes into cycle until they become old and didn’t accomplish their dream.

Overall, the higher use of social networks in the same industries to find work among low-skilled, lowpaid employees is likely to exacerbate the door of unemployment and in-work poverty. If people are unemployed for a longer period of time then they may even lose these networks, reducing their employment opportunities yet further and limiting their labour market choices to lower paid work. We cannot presume that employment is necessarily the only way someone might leave poverty. Indeed, the current economic conditions are resulting in an alarming rise. The potential of social networks to provide access to employment opportunities will become an increasingly important issue as the current measures begin to impact on the wider economy and result in mounting redundancies.

Many organizations and governments are harnessing the power in social media and poverty reduction. Listening to real voices, she is able to craft policies using the experiences she absorbs through social media. Others are doing similar work. An online social media platform called Digital Green provides farmers in South Asia a network to discuss best practices for farming.

Similarly, the World Bank Finances app ensures that sustainable development initiatives put funding into the correct hands, preventing fraud via social media.

Social media use for e-governance is encouraged massively by global imperialism of communication technology, which is penetrating through smart governance discourse and reinforced with incentive system imposed by Government in the form of “Smart City Awards”. Thus, Government can use social media as a means of reproducing power and reinforcing the well-established power relation.

United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals largely rests on the power of the media, according to the U.N., based on its ability to instigate change with credible information sharing. The need for poverty prevention strategies to deal with the underlying causes of poverty. And this is something not generally evident in the examples of social networks in action. To address the causes of poverty, social networks would need to be able to effect wider changes in resource distribution across society – not only for those living in poverty.

In our information age, the way people and groups are represented in the media helps determine the place they hold in the economy and in the democratic process.

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