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Many are thankful they can keep in touch with their loved ones through social media.

Malaysians  are ringing in festive cheer this season loud and clear. Not only on local shores, but in cyberspace as well.

Over the last few days of the Hari Raya festivity, social media platforms were busy with plenty of well wishes and joyous photos from everyone.

Over the first few days of Hari Raya, social media traffic was as congested as the traffic in our highways as  Malaysians in the country and abroad celebrated the festivity on high adrenaline.

Cyberspace has certainly changed and amped up festive cheer in the country over the last few years.

The good old days when we would send physical festive cards to one another are almost gone.

These days, there’s a faster way to get one’s festive wishes across: via cyberspace.

Changes are unavoidable, and while some have yet to adapt, others soak up the changes, especially the younger generation.

Social media platforms have changed many things in our lives. The impact is huge.

Many may not be aware, but we have indeed fallen hook, line and sinker for social media platforms.

We strive and crave for attention. It’s human nature.

And, while many do their best to fit in and seek the acknowledgement of others, it was indeed quite hard and limited until social media came on board.

Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms rule cyberspace in Malaysia, especially during joyous and festive occasions.

They are the perfect platforms that bond the real world with cyberspace.

Admit it, many of us find it so easy to get our news, well wishes and messages across by using social media.

Contacting or sending a message to someone, especially those living abroad, is now a few clicks away.

With smartphones, iPads and minicomputers, we are but a mere distance of contact from each other this festive holiday.

The journey to our homes and kampungs in conjunction with the festive celebration has been made more passable, too, as we make sure we let our loved ones and friends know via social media that we are on the way.

Well wishes and photos of celebratory moments with family and friends splashed on Facebook and Instagram allow many to keep up to date with Hari Raya.

There was even a hashtag, #EidsTheTakeOver, trending on Twitter to encourage people to show off their Outfit of the Day (OOTD) or their cultural traditions of this festive season.

As the nation continues to celebrate the month-long festive season, many are thankful they can keep in touch through social media with their loved ones abroad.

While many of our nation’s athletes are taking a rain check on their Hari Raya celebration to prepare for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, they can still keep in touch with their families and friends via social media platforms.

Sending wishes through such platforms, our national athletes have expressed how grateful they are with the technology and power of social media in making sure that they can at least celebrate over the Net while they are on the other side of the world.

Nevertheless, while social media has optimised efficiency in connecting family members and sharing pictures, it should not draw us away from the true aspect of celebrating the festive occasion.

The real joy of festivity is, and always will be, spending time with family and friends, and spreading good cheer.

Ahmad Kushairi is editor of BOTs, the weekly tech section in Life&Times. Trained in Maths, he has since traded his problem-solving skills with writing about how tech has helped transform the world for the better

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