Could you disconnect from social media for two weeks?? In this article from mashable.com, it talks about five individuals who agreed to cease using social media applications. After reading this article and comparing it to some of the things that I have noticed from my cease of social media…
Privacy on the internet is not something that we as a generation should take lightly. However, every day we access the internet, we voluntarily give up information about ourselves to an unknown amount of people. One of the biggest ways we violate our own privacy on a daily basis is by using social networking sites like Facebook. To even create an account, one must give up demographic information and even some personal details that some would rather keep to themselves. The big question is, how do we decide how much of ourselves we want to display to the world?
David Kirkpatrick, author of The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company that is Connecting the World, takes an in-depth look at how Facebook was created and where it is headed in the future. Facebook we created by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004 and since its introduction, the site has continued to grow at a substantial rate. Originally Facebook was intended only for students who attend Harvard University, however, by the end of 2004 the site grew to include students from other universities. By the end of 2008, Facebook was made available in 35 different languages and had become a global phenomenon.
Daniel Solove wrote The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet in 2007. His book brings his legal perspective the idea of privacy on the internet. He makes some very great arguments by using real life examples that demonstrate how a person’s reputation can be destroyed by the fast paced world of the internet. He argues that privacy laws need to be update because privacy on the internet is no longer binary. Whether we like it or not, there is probably some sort of incriminating information about us on the internet.
All in all, these books both bring up good points about how we should use our privacy on the internet. Sites like Facebook are specifically created so that one cannot have separate identities. It forces us to blend all aspects of our lives into one digital network. Co-workers, family, and friends all have access to the same information which in turn is voluntarily provided by us. In conclusion, be careful of what you are willing to put on the internet. It could mean the difference between landing that sweet job or not.