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The Internet: Are We Too Connected?

Updated on August 29, 2011

The Internet is a wonderful tool we can find out information in seconds that used to take hours of perusing through books at the library. We can meet people on the other side of the globe but are we too connected?

My concern is the fact that Google, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo and other networks want you to connect together so everyone knows what you are doing; the videos you watch, the places you log onto and the people you talk to.

Some of us might not want everyone knowing our every move. I don’t mean to sound like a paranoid person worried Big Brother will know too much of my business but lets look at the possibilities here.

Say you like to watch pornography and Google connects you to your church Yahoo site. Do you want the parishioners to know what you do in your spare time?

Facebook wants to connect all our shopping, research and other social networking sites together. Personally, I don’t want my family knowing what catalogs I’ve shopped or what purchases I’ve made in case it is for a gift.

I haven’t even touched on potential employers. Now it’s as though they have a window into our home watching every move we make, every show we watch and every person we interact with.

Our game systems are connected, sites like Netflix has our televisions connected and even our cell phones are connected.

Creative people are often a bit on the unusual side and I’m not sure I want a future employer or business contact knowing every friend I have and judging me by my erotica author acquaintances.

If you think being self-employed or a freelance author saves you from worrying about this, think again. Negative publicity works in some fields but not in most.

Then there are our kids. Connecting everyone includes our children we have friended on facebook to keep an eye on because lets face it the web isn’t as secure as we’d like it to be and we have to make sure that guy who says he is a teenager isn’t really a forty year old pedophile.

Just wondering if I’m the only one who thinks being overly connected isn’t a good thing.


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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for reading cmp2417. I see it getting worse everyday and most don't seem to be concerned about it. There are young single women with their addresses and phone numbers visible on their social networking pages without a care.

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      cmp2417 6 years ago from Virginia

      Great hub, I agree that it's really disturbing what's happening now on the world wide web. It really makes you think of where we're heading. It's very clear already that google is geocashing. They track your web habits so they can effectivley market to you, therefore companies will pay premium for targeted consumers. Although, you really can't blame them, it's a business after all. I enjoyed this read, voted up.

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Serena, a friend on Facebook told about software you can use for free to hack into other people's computers while at Starbucks or other Wi-Fi locations like the library. He is able to get into their Facebook account and get all sorts of personal information as well as see any recent activity from that computer. It's how some steal identities.

      I don't like it that Google+ and Facebook are constantly trying to get my phone number. There is no reason in the world they ever need that information.

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      Serena Gabriel 6 years ago

      Yes... in fact, I've been doing more research on this and the more I look at it the more disturbing it gets.

      The worst social networking offenders are are those like Facebook (which tells you you have privacy - you don't and it's easily hacked), LinkedIn (similar and a playground for stalkers) and now this new Google-Plus. The guy who organized it is very cavalier, but I guess he probably doesn't have to worry about random crazy men trying to kill him all the time. And, he doesn't seem to care that he is putting people in danger.

      The internet is an increasingly dangerous place for women and children as we are the primary targets.

      Nice job! Accolades!