Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sarahah and all that..!!!

Sarahah is the latest craze on social media and it's spreading like wild fire. Yesterday, I posted my Sarahah link to Facebook and received some messages on it. Along with that, I also received regular texts from my close friends, who asked me why do we need Sarahah in the first place. This blog is my view on what I liked about Sarahah. 

About Sarahah: 

For those who have never heard of this before, is a a website and app(on mobile) which allows anyone to send you a feedback or a message without disclosing their name or any identity. Nothing fancy, just plain internet link with a small window for a feedback. You get to see what feedback or messages you received and that's it. 

My Sarahah page looks like this:

What issue does Sarahah resolve:

Sarahah is very unique inspite of being very simple. It fills many gaps that normal social media channels fail to consider. 

Sarahah gives us a feedback and forces us to focus on its contents, without being judgmental about "who gave it".  

We as humans have grown to challenge any feedback which comes from a person, whom we think doesn't know anything about the subject matter. In that process, we most likely shut the doors to our mind and leave the important elements of the feedback. Let's take an example: a friend of mine , who has never even touched the steering wheel, just commented on my rash driving. The first reaction is to ask him: what do you know about driving ??? What gives you the authority to comment on something you have never done before? Sarahah goes past this tendency and breaks the door that was shut down initially through a complex process of judgement and information. It makes me think on my driving style without being judgmental about who said it. 

Social Etiqqutte

We all have grown in a culture where we try to build imaginary frames around certain people, who are usually near us. These frames form a blockage in our communication and create misled or misguided information bits. These frames are built due to culture, relations or at times simple prejudices. As an example, Lets think of a friend (a guy) who wants to compliment that his friend (possibly a girl) has a fabulous body. Things become even more complex, when there is an existing relationship between the girl and our friend -  say she is his friends sister or some other relative. Obviously, before complimenting, our friend will have so many filters that there are chances he might modify, change or at times never complete the compliment process. Essentially, the communication gets lost or hindered because of so many pre-existing abstract hurdles. Sarahah, once again will be a good way to break this communication barrier without dealing with fear. 

Radical Honesty

If you aren't aware of the concept of Radical honesty, google for it. Its about being able to communicate what comes to your mind without being afraid of the consequences. Sarahah is one step closer to Radical honesty. 

Overall, I am very positive about the new communication methodology and I am sure there will be many more apps and services that will come up soon, making communication transparent and strong. 

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