Privacy is Underrated

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If privacy is what you seek, social media is the one place you will without doubt – not find it! Social media is the anti–privacy, and the users of these sites are fully aware. People on these sites have no filter. Individuals go as far as letting their hundreds of “friends” and followers know their exact location at that exact time, by using the check in feature. If that’s not publicity enough, there is much more that can be done!

On every friends list their is that one friend that feels obligated to let everyone know what their day consists of, stating things like: “woke up did laundry, and now making some hot cocoa before I do the dishes” … (Thanks Jane, please let your followers know about those dishes. Curiosity kills!). Don’t forget the special bunch that use social media as a diary, letting friends know the personal dets of their relationship – something they probably should have dealt with in private (We live and learn).

It isn’t ludicrous to assume social media was created to demolish any form of privacy. Not only can friends and family know what a person is doing at all times, but the site developers have access to an individual’s information, photos, and messages. Social sites contain a wealth of data they collect from each user, with this information, they can add specific ad’s to a user’s timeline, if that person has viewed something similar.

These days, if a person doesn’t make their relationship “Facebook official” then honestly do they even have a significant other? If an individual doesn’t take a picture of themselves at the gym, do they even lift? Where is the proof? People thrive on proof (and being nosey)!

It seems as though social networking sites have made people come out of their shell, giving people perhaps more freedom than they can handle – sharing any and everything. Which is great, if it is common interest to have people who generally do not care know all the particulars.

Social media has changed the way people behave because they are behind a screen, it gives people power. They can say something and don’t have to face anyone immediately after. Which isn’t true at all because, although a post happy individual might be able to post something online, they do have to eventually leave their home and face the public, and deal with possible repercussions of sharing their private life.

In other words, refrain from sharing personal stuff, unless having your privacy debunked is a top priority! Then by all means be as transparent as can be, and be that one friend that posts like Jane.

Blanca Moreno

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9 thoughts on “Privacy is Underrated

  1. I’m still waiting for the long-promised “anti-social network” where I don’t have to interact with anyone online or read about their lives. I have a lot of friends like Jane too, and the monotony of their posts causes me to start resenting them a little bit. It isn’t fair of me, I know. They can post what they want. In the real world, it’s easy enough to avoid over-sharers. But on Facebook, EVERYONE is an over-sharer (including me). I would almost welcome a system of enforced privacy on social media networks.

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    1. I recently just realized that all the social media platforms can actually see everything that we post. There was a time that Snapchat posted on twitter, reminding people that that they could actually see all the pictures and videos that people were sending to each other. That made really creeped me out.

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  2. And then when we see people who don’t have Facebook or rarely post things, we think, “Wow, do they even do anything?” Social Media has definitely turned into another reality. You’ve got your real life and then you’ve got your fake Internet life where you get to paint the picture and choose the nicest light. Kinda goes back to that media manipulation bit.
    I think the problem with people posting everything and everything about their personal lives is it becomes addicting. Once they realized how far they’ve gone it’s a difficult trek back to reality. Giving up our privacy is addictive… how sad.

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    1. Oh yes! I know I have people on my friends list that will post a status and then delete it the next day; realizing they probably shouldn’t have shared that information. I agree with you, it is almost like an addiction. Every time something good happens they want to let the world know, and anytime something bad happens they want to be comforted. It is pretty sad, lol don’t be Jane.

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  3. The relationship between social media and privacy is so interesting! Yes, there are people who share everything, and yes, it is annoying. Yes, the internet is a completely new reality, and yes, your friends only share the “best” parts of their lives. But at the same time, social media (and sharing personal information on social media) is the perfect tool for introverts to connect with others, share their story, and improve their communication skills.

    Last semester, I completed a study on how introverts and extroverts respond differently to social media. A few of the insights I learned included: introverts spend more time on social media, introverts liken their online world to the real world, and introverts prefer online communication. Overall, while there are negatives to social media the platforms themselves have provided introverts with a whole new way of expressing themselves that they can’t seem to do in person. While some may argue that social media completely separates people from society and close interaction, I tend to believe that it provides an alternative, non-traditional way of communicating and sharing that isn’t necessarily bad, but simply preferred by a certain percentage of the population.

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    1. I never thought of it like that; very interesting. My only question is though, for those introverts isn’t it now easier for them to completely avoid any social events or communicating besides from behind a screen? I feel like it would make them even more of an introvert unless it is through social media because now they can avoid leaving the comfort of their own home.

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