Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Dangers of Living in the Internet

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Today, social media - and social networking - dominates the online landscape. This is great, since it facilitates conversation, makes collaboration easier, and virtually cuts the distance between you and your loved ones.

But there are dangers. Oh yes, there are dangers. Let's look at them one by one:

1. The very first danger of social media is that you're exposing yourself to people. Even if you set your accounts to the highest levels of privacy, the administrators will still know when you're complaining about your cat retching on the carpet, or when your dinner gave you the runs. So share responsibly: Ted from Silicon Valley might be compiling a dossier of your bathroom habits as we speak.

2. Speaking of bathroom habits - who's to say that the guy you're talking to on chat isn't taking a massive #2 while he's replying to your question about the existential properties of the upcoming Chris Nolan film?

3. And speaking of films - the availability of online streaming is great for everybody - unless you're the guy who has to work late when that latest episode of Suits comes out, and everybody else has seen it except you. Now you have to filter out the spoilers, suck up the fact that you're going to be spoiled, or avoid social media up until you've seen the episode. Meanwhile, curse your so-called friends under your breath for now.

4. Memes. Oh god, make them stop. The good ones are great. The crazy ones are a mixed bad. But the bad ones...are just really, really terrible. And the last type of memes dominates the worldwide web.

5. Family and their antics. Ever had an aunt post a naked baby picture of you on Facebook for everyone to see? Yeah.

And you thought you were safe online. But the fact is, on the Internet, no one can hear you scream.

Unless you were on VoIP.

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