- Internet & the Web
The Obsession With Social Media
Is the Internet Putting You at Risk?
Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest. These are only a few of the social media websites that exist today. While privacy is an extremely important and valued concept, it seems as though more and more people are willing to give it up just so that they can receive a little more attention from the community. Every day people around the world are communicating with people that they don’t even know and giving out personal information. The worst thing is that these people who are giving out details about their identity do not know how this information is being used.
We all want to meet people, to connect with others. However, the internet has made it all too easy for the human race to forget that not everybody is trustworthy. While it can be easy to be misled by anyone, anywhere, it is even easier to be misled in a space where people communicate solely through the written word. Unfortunately, some of us tend to forget that we still need to be careful, to look out for ourselves. The fact of the matter is that just because we may be kind and trustworthy people, it does not mean that the people who we are talking to are. There are people in the world who try to harm and deceive others.
Now, let me be clear, I am in no way against talking to people online or sharing experiences. However, problems begin to ensue when we share too much information. We should not be sharing our addresses, where we go on a daily basis, our phone numbers, our social security numbers, or any other personal information that, if fallen into the wrong hands, can be harmful. Also, I don’t feel it’s wise to meet people in person that we speak to online unless you are absolutely, positively, without a doubt, sure who we are meeting!
So, you might be wondering what I do think is okay to discuss. I think it’s okay to discuss our experiences as long as they do not give away where we are located or anything too personal. I also think it’s okay to help others through speaking with them online and giving them helpful and kind advice without putting yourself in danger. The bottom line is that we have to be careful and not let ourselves be susceptible to danger just because we may want to reach out to someone or connect with them.
One site I don’t really understand is Twitter. Why a person would want to share where they are at all times and what they are doing is beyond me. I can’t comprehend why a person would want to put themselves at risk like that. I can understand in some situations why celebrities would have a Twitter account; to let their fans know what they are up to, but even that can go too far.
Additionally, I understand the use of Facebook when a company or celebrity is using it. For example, some businesses provide information about themselves and company reviews, etc. on Facebook. Also, bands, singers, and other celebrities may post information about concerts and other activities. However, I truly feel that Facebook opens the doors for people to expose too much about themselves.
For many individuals, the use of social media has become an obsession. While the wisest course of action is to stop indulging in visiting so many of these websites, chances are that many people will continue to be a part of this circle of communication. Therefore, the second best way to stay safe on the internet is to not give away any information that can put one at risk. Remember, your privacy is important and should be treated as such.
Do Not Give Away This Information!
Do not give strangers this information:
Social Security Numbers
Specific Locations of Where You Live
Where You Are Going
Pictures of Yourself That Are Too Personal/Any Pictures of Yourself
Anything That You are Uncomfortable With
*Stop talking immediately with anyone that makes you uncomfortable!