Social networking: we’re all creepsBy HOLLY WHITEMAN
Social networking has no doubt changed the lives of everyone that has used it. There are countless ways of using social networking to enhance or ruin someone’s life. The way I see it, there is no benefit to social networking websites other than to be a creep. Let’s face it though; we post the information on the Internet because we want someone to see it. Don’t post it if you don’t because no doubt someone you don’t want to see it will see it. If you don’t believe me, ask anyone who has had a relationship ruined by drama produced by something posted on a social networking site.
You can learn a whole lot about someone from their Facebook page, often more than you wanted to know. You can forget the whole process of talking to someone to getting to learn more about them, whether it be friendship or a romantic relationship. There is automatically a set of biases attached to the particular person based on their number of wall posts or Twitter followers on the social standing of the particular person. Not having an account seems to be the safe route, right? Wrong. Privacy is a thing of the past if you want to have friends, apparently.
There’s no doubt that everyone has either been a victim of or know someone that has been a victim of cyber bullying. Cyber bullying is the easiest form of bullying because it is the least confrontational. Girls, I mean people, can do or say whatever they want with little consequence because they cannot see the repercussions of their actions to the victim.
The Internet is now being used as an information source for job seekers. Companies can search through previous employment, relationships and pictures that can portray the side of your personality that you don’t want anyone in the workplace to see. They can see it, though. If you wouldn’t tell your preacher what you do in your spare time, don’t post it because it is likely that they have a way of seeing it anyway.
The worst part of social networking is the inability to erase. Once you have posted or tweeted it, the damage has been done. There are no backspace buttons when it comes to the Internet. You may think you have deleted it, but it’s not gone permanently. There are always ways of dark pasts resurfacing when most inconvenient.
Rule of thumb when it comes to social networking sites: you release information for the world to see it. So don’t be surprised if it harms your future; you have no one to blame but yourself.
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