Social media has taken over us so much that it is impossible to think that it did not even exist about a decade ago. Whether you realize it or not, you share a lot of valuable, personal information on social media network. Some of the information that people often share on these sites, start from location to window shopping to running nose, they love to share stuff about their Family and life. but the best part of social media are often also the worst part, so it begs the question
Hardly a day goes by without celebrities or ordinary members of the public revealing details about themselves and those around them online. On a smaller scale, we also see this happening among our friends and family as images or comments are seen by people for whom they were never intended or misinterpreted and taken out of context.
Many see this as nothing more than a source of occasional entertainment. Those who seemingly inadvertently wash their dirty linen in public are often painted as either technologically clueless “if older” or if they are younger, attention seekers with no sense of privacy. When this causes us harm or embarrassment it is not generally because people mean us harm but because many of us live, lives that are to some extent compartmentalised. That those who encounter us in one context may not be aware that what they are sharing could be damaging in another.
Is it possible to protect yourself by withdrawing from social media? Certainly in principle, but there are great difficulties in practice. First of all, our social lives are increasingly being managed online. If you aren’t part of the dominant social networking services but your friends are then you risk missing out, and there is already evidence that those who have attempted to disconnect from online social networks are often seen as “holier than thou” or “standoffish”. Moreover, even without a social media presence ourselves we can end up leaving a revealing “shadow” profile made up of pictures of us or things written about us about which we often have little control over.
What is to be done? Well, better education is certainly part of the answer. This is far too narrow a view. Firstly, young people are much more likely to find their self-revelation on social media a problem because it loses them friends or job prospects than they are to find themselves stalked by a stranger. Secondly, it overlooks the extent to which social media use has spread across all of the society “with the exception of many of the elderly”. For older people, the consequences of harm to their employment, reputations or personal relationships may even be more severe than for more unsettled younger people.
Don’t get me wrong social networks can be a beautiful thing. They link us together, with people and ideas in ways that were previously impossible. However you need to be careful/mindful of the information you are posting, “no one really cares about what you wore to bed, or if you eat dinner or not, not every moment in your life need to be documented and shared, remember once you post it , you can’t take it back, these social media sites are looking out for you, you have to look out for yourself . And just like in real life, Tweets or status updates about things you care about: totally okay as long as you don’t overdo it and post hundreds a day. No one likes spam.