In today’s world of digital media, teens, adults, and even children are literally glued to their social media. Whether tweeting in class about what their plans are for the weekend or updating their Facebook status on a smartphone from their work place about how they wish the day would end already. As a whole not only the younger generation are constantly giving our inner most thoughts, feelings, desires, and personal life details to strangers over the web. The Forbes article titled Social Media Privacy a Contradiction in Terms the author brought up several relevant points that prove my point exactly that we share so much information via the internet that privacy is no longer privacy anymore.
I feel that the definition of “privacy” changes in the modern age, and especially after reading about how social media sites actually give companies users personal information in exchange for thier own personal benefits, I feel it’s more important than ever to ensure that we as a society are posting safely and responsibly on social networks.
I was especially drawn in by the EURO RSG statistics that the article presented about how certain countries around the world viewed our privacy when it comes to social media. I was not surprised that over half of these foreign nations that “technology was robbing” us from our privacy.
This brings me to an interesting youtube video that I came across when researching about this topic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9pFMSKPXSk The video takes you on a “virtual tour” of how social media has affected American households. It goes on to spew off tons of statistics which catch the viewers attention immediately. One of the most intriguing facts matched the same argument that the reading contained which is, social media sites can sell your personal information to third parties. It even shows the exact wording which explains this on their website.
There are some specific ways that we can protect ourselves when it comes to sharing on social media. A key thing that I feel parents should especially explain to their children who are affected greatly by social media is to teach them how to behave appropriately and know what information is OK to share.
The article also brings up the important point of “CYBERCRIME.” The internet also has a high level of threats of online predators, hackers, or cyberbullies all of which all affect our privacy as well. I think it’s highly important to prevent these these threats from accessing users personal information, like phone numbers, home or email addresses, or personal photos, for malicious reasons.
When it comes to the internet and sharing our personal information, we need to remember that everythibng we share is permanent! So anything that we post online can potentially thrive on the Internet permanently. This includes, even when we delete a photo or message, it can be screen-captured, copied, forwarded, shared, or stored on other people’s computers. Therefore, we must carefully consider everything that we post. Another thing to be mindful of is that social media is not the place to share “personal information.” So posting potential answers to security questions that hackers can use to compromise your personal account information should be avoided at all costs! I have a few friends that this has happened to. They shared their personal phone numbers, email adresses, and other personal information on facebook and the next thing they knew, their email accounts had been hacked. We can all learn from this through our family, relatives, and even ourselves, but we need to get it together before it’s too late which some may argue we have already reached the end of holding our “privacy rights.”