Social Media Sites Are Too Sociable

March 14, 2014

When you’re sitting in front of your computer, it’s very easy to believe that you are the only one who is reading what you write. And if you’re putting something up on your Facebook page, meant for your best friend and no one else, it’s even easier to think that no one else will see it. In other words, it’s very easy to assume that you have more privacy than you actually have.

A study by Columbia University showed 93.8% of Facebook users surveyed revealed information on Facebook they did not want disclosed. That’s an alarming number of people who are careless about their privacy. It’s even more alarming than the NSA data that is being collected on all of us by the government. With information like that available to anyone with a computer, all the government would have to do is go to the Facebook site to find out what they want to know.

Social media sites keep talking about privacy settings and that may be so comforting to people that they forget about the privacy settings on people’s mouths and fingers tapping away on their keyboards.

How can you vouch for anyone, let alone everyone on your Friends page to keep your secret? Not everyone on that page likes you but they haven’t gotten around to removing you from their list. And if you’re posting information about someone else, they may be friends with that other person and whatever you say is being repeated to that person.

All it takes is one person on your Friends list to use his or her Smartphone to pass your secret electronically to someone else, or to a whole group of people on his Friends list, and your privacy has been breached.

Then, too, there is the matter of clicking on something by mistake and all the privacy settings in the world won’t stop your message from being viewed by everyone in the world. And since human errors occur more frequently than you can imagine, it’s safe to assume that some of your private messages may end up in the wrong hands, or in this case, on the wrong laptop.

If you truly don’t want your words repeated to people who don’t have your best interests at heart, wait until you are having a face-to-face conversation with your friend before sharing private details.

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