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Clubhouse: Nuisance or a grace to social media

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Today is the world of information technology. Life today is unimaginable without the world of online applications. These applications handle production, transfer data and even helps in household recreation. Besides making life easier these applications also provide us with stuffs for entertainment such as music, movies, gaming and many more.

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Initially released in March 2020, Clubhouse is a mobile application developed by Alpha Exploration Co. where users can communicate in voice chat rooms that assists large groups of people to know each other. The application can only be enjoyed by iOS and Android where users. Although it was developed in the year 2020, it attained its note only in the year 2021, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

These things have become a part of our daily life. However, the application holds certain positive and negative aspects on its own.

On one hand, it positively influences the youth by enabling them to be more informative. The app is also a fun way to learn, teach and connect which can upgrade one’s socialising skills. The app features audio chat rooms that can be joined and hosted freely. Each of the rooms is like a live interactive session where you can share your thoughts on different things and even listen to others. Small rooms have an intimate feeling, and you have the opportunity to connect with smart people doing interesting things.

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Clubhouse lets you to interact with experts in different fields that might normally be out of reach. At that point, you may find yourself in room leaders in your industry are teaching master classes that directly relate to your business. You may also listen to people who have achieved extraordinary things.

On the other hand, as the app gains fame by the passing days the users have to work harder to find worthwhile chat rooms. The application has also been a waste of time, as many users have spoken of being addicted to it. Doing nothing and spending hours on a certain app will help gain nothing.

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The rooms created on this app are mostly run by teenagers. This can lead to laying out of threat and hatred by indulging the users into the promotion of certain concepts such as homophobia and Islamophobia. As these rooms are gaining users more, this might cause vulgar conversations, which might also give rise to abusive contents among the groups.

To all the users: Try not to get swept up in the excitement over the “next big thing” and risk losing sight of your true strategic goals. Put Clubhouse time in your calendar, like any other appointment, and log off when your time is up.

The clubhouse is a platform with potential wherein one can develop its social skills and explore numerous concepts. A wise use can help one to gain more and more of knowledge whereas, using it as an addiction will lead the user to destroy oneself. Every social media app consists of both advantages and disadvantages. However, it all depends on the user at the end. The youth must particularly create a balance between their academic performances, physical activities, and social media. Excess use of anything is harmful and the same thing applies to social media. Therefore, we must strive to live a satisfying life with the right balance.

Visuals by: Kunal Kaustav Duwarah

Article by Swagata Borah, The North-Eastern Chronicle

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