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.