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i guess most of us have an account on orkut or some other social networking sites such as facebook,gazzag,etc…the list goes on and on.these sites are so popular among the folks that it has become a necessity in their life.Someone not having an orkut account is looked upon by others as a creature from the other world.It seems to me that having an orkut account is more valid as proof of your existence than your voter’s identity card.So guys ,if you don’t have an orkut account ,immediately sign up for the orkut today itself by logging onto http://www.orkut.com/.and prove your existence to the world.(i am being paid by the site to advertise it to you via this blog!)

ORKUTTAPA is a term which is being used quite frequently in my institute for an addiction to these social networking sites.the symptoms of this addiction are as follows :

1.the person opens up orkut.com atleast 5 times a day.

2.the person opens it as the first site when he logs in to access the internet

3.he keeps sending friend requests to strangers despite being rejected previously

4.hoping the scraps count will increase while he is refreshing the webpage

There are some interesting cases to study when you look around.for example one of my friends opens up 50-60 profiles simultaneously in different browser windowsof gals until the computer says “dude,i can’t cope up anymore with you,my dear. show some mercy on me!”. another interesting case is of my friend who lives in my neighborhood of 10 metres.He is a person who can’t resist seeing his scrap count at every five minutes.When he comes to my room for asking some doubt ,he can’t resist opening his orkut account even though it has been just five minutes ago when he had last logged in.

I would like to clearly state that i am not an anti-orkut campaigner as orkut comes handy when you are trying to contact some old friend or you are looking for help,there are communities to help u out.The only aspect which worries me is the addiction factor.Guys,orkut is a handy tool for socialisationbut it’s not the only thing ,it’s your personality and attitude which are the most cherished qualities for socialising with others.

I am just trying to put forward my view on the addiction of “the thing” not on “the thing”.feel free to agree and even more free to disagree with me.

thinking ethically

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a few days ago,i never considered giving solved assignments to my friends for copying as something wrong and i even helped them in the exams(ya,unfair means!). but now my feelings have changed as i have started looking at things ethically.what i considered as a help is now it is raising ethical issues before me. am i actually helping them? am i not making them dependent on others? am i not making my friends negligent towards their studies?am i creating a pitfall for my friends ? and the biggest question is that am i doing an act of true friendship my helping the out in this manner.
probably the questions are stirring enough to change my outlook towards these issues and inspire me to follow my heart and it shows that i should help out my friends by not “helping” them out.in the long run ,they could suffer and i consider a part of the blame would go to me too if i continue helping them out.it makes feel horriby guilty and it calls for a change in the present situation.when i shared my views with my friends the first response was ” which prof told you all this stuff?”.another point of view was that even if i become ethically correct the copycats would always find someone to act as the source.such comments made me realise how we are becoming a bit lazy and are ready to accept the state of things as they are.

maybe my small step would not lead to a revolution but it wil give me a satisfaction and a sense of being ethical.in the modern world ,many of us do not believe that there exists something like “ethics ” but it is just an under-rated virtue.

my friends maybe the step taken by me is small but if you follow in too, it would no longer be a small step.