Leisure Time: Meaningful or Addiction: A Case of Whats App

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 15:30
Oral Presentation
Madhu NAGLA, Department of Sociology, M.D.University, Rohtak, India, India
From the mid-19th century onwards, the availability of leisure time generally continued to increase. Whether watching television at home or taking a holiday for tourism, leisure –time activities have been increasingly influenced by technology. Technology, as a consequence, has become more and more connected with both the economical conditions for the possibility of leisure and with the actual leisure-time activities themselves. As the world gets faster and faster, the digital technology is trying to make things easy, faster and learning skill easier in a single day. WhatsApp has been one of the most active mobile messengers in the last few years. WhatsApp application is utilized by almost everyone using smartphone. Its free facility (along data service) to exchange text, photos, videos, forward jokes, and other information has resulted in excessive use.

Most of us are constantly engrossed in the virtual world, be it facebook, twitter or WhatsApp or anything else. This paper analyses the pattern of use of Whats App among University students. The internet plays a huge role in all aspects of our lives today: work, leisure gamming or staying in touch with our friends and relatives. While all of us are dependent on technology, many of us are addicts who pretend not to care or believe. We are spending more and more time to our virtual lives, which results in addiction.