In this era of technology where social networking is a very integral part of our daily lives, or should I say the majority of what our life actually is! From the moment we wake up to until our eyes shut automatically, it always sticks around us (more likely the other way around)! And with the debut of another addictive app Sayat.me, we have another reason to log in and log out once in a while, for who doesn’t like to read about themselves.
So this crazy new thing that’s appearing in every Instagram story, Facebook page and wherever else you share your presence is actually a Website called Sayat.me which also has it’s own app and is basically a feedback tool that let’s you create your account and send and receive feedbacks about yourself. How cool is that. But oops there’s a twist in the tale, all this goodwill happens ANONYMOUSLY!
Yeah you heard it right, you give a feedback anonymously as well as receive it in a similar way. At first it might sound really fun, but on a deep psychological level, is it really that cool? Especially as it’s most going to be used by the teenage and young adult category, how much an effect will it cause?
Primarily it might seem all good. Feedbacks and opinions to help improve someone else definitely has a positive effect on the other person. Not only does it boost their self confidence but also helps them improve their flaws. But just in case you were thinking that’s how the story ends, you probably were wrong. Since you know the level of narcissism that has set into our beloved 21st century audience it doesn’t seem they will even accept their flaws at the first place.
Secondly even if their is some appreciation, it’s highly unlikely it would come from someone who they know or vice versa because if it really was from a friend or acquaintance they could have said it directly, be it an appreciation criticism or improvement, there is absolutely no point in getting an anonymous judgement. Period.
Thirdly the feedbacks you receive are mostly from people who don’t know the real you and make half informed judgements not realising how dangerous an impact it can have on you. Maybe most of you won’t take them that seriously but few definitely would. For them excessive appreciation would become a reason to feel proud (of something that they actually aren’t) while maybe some would take the negative comments seriously, causing damage to their self esteem (again for no apparent reason).
This brings us to the conclusion that the anonymous feature is actually useless. Because unless and until someone reveals their identity, you never know who said what and even if it makes a valid point to consider those feedbacks.
Also it makes a comfortable way for people who usually don’t have the guts to do anything right on the face. Be it a confession, a revelation or revenge, this platform has made it super easy for them to hide behind the label of anonymity and say whatever they want.
Some might consider it good because they finally could say the thing they otherwise could not, but the very basic moral that’s degrading in the process is courage. Today you might have gotten away with this, but not always would you have this label to face things. Someday you will need the courage and would lack it, because somewhere down the line, the smallest things you ignored have had a major cumulative impact.
On a concluding note my opinion says, every coin has two faces. Just like how it’s positive for who actually give real feedbacks (possibly with a hint because anonymity isn’t really helpful) to improve someone or just show gratitude to someone is a really good idea.
But for others who use it in every other possible way (to the extent of giving feedbacks to themselves, just to increase the feedback count and flaunting it in their instagram stories), guys please stop doing that. It would seem fun at the moment but wouldn’t for any good if not harm.
So instead of waiting for anonymous feedbacks to tell you who you are and how to improve, stop wasting your precious time and make the change for yourself, today.