With the influx of social networking sites on the internet more and more people are becoming “connected”.
With websites like Facebook and Twitter people are allowing themselves to be linked to friends on direct levels, and in some cases total strangers just to get the friends or followers.
When someone posts an update to their account, all of the people associated with them are notified and able to see what the person is doing.
Furthermore, this also occurs with photos being uploaded, comments being made, or even achievements made for online gaming applications.
Personal privacy is becoming a thing of the past and voyeurism is starting to be a more acceptable means for people.
With Facebook and Twitter accounts allowing people to post their every movement, (should the person decide to write and post them), there is little privacy in society anymore.
What is scary about this, however, is the fact that on Facebook at least, people who made comments about someone’s post then allow their grouping of friends to see what that person has posted.
Can Social Networking Sites Really Cause You Problems?
For example, if someone creates a photo album and one of their friends comments on a picture all of their friends are now able to see that same photo album whether they are friends of the person who created it or not. This allows people to see into others lives without consequence and from the comfort of their own home.
For whatever reason, society allows this to happen without worry or fear. People do not seem to care that this occurs, nor do they seem bothered by it.
Moreover, when a person goes through someone’s photo album they can not only see all the pictures in it, but also have the ability to copy and save them to their own computer to look at time and time again. All the while, the original person posting the pictures has no idea what is happening with their photos.
This can prove to be a dangerous tool for people in society who have disorders, mental illness, or criminal records, as they can, for all intense purposes, stalk someone or collect photos of children.
Stop And Think Before Posting Anything To Social Networking Sites
While this occurs, it all seems legal and acceptable by society who either do not think of the negative factors or just don’t care, or just accepts the fact that it is one of the ‘side effects’ of being connected to their friends. Even more mind-boggling is the degree of separation where people find out how closely linked they are to others in the world.
People need to be more aware of what they are doing on social networking sites and the dependency that is following it.
In the current school system there is not a student around who can not go more than forty-five minutes without the need to check their Facebook page. Beyond the addiction factor with social networking sites, the uncertainty of what happens to the content once it is published should be a concern.
People should certainly be more aware and conscious of what they put on the Social Networking Sites, both in word form, and especially in picture form.