Social Media and Different Perspectives

  • I have to share my thoughts on this…how people see and respond differently to social media. I am one of those old timers on the internet who used it way back when it was IRC just text on Unix (yes I am that old! :-)), this gives you an idea of how long I have been online.

  • I recently had issues with a “friend” when I disclosed that I had looked at some of his family members on Facebook. For me this is an innocent move, I AM a huge Facebook junkie, I like to look people up out of curiosity and the fun of it, but never do I intrude in their lives by sending them messages or in-boxing them….that to me would be crossing the line. People look me up as well, and I don’t mind or care, as long as they are not slandering me or using my information in any negative way. To that end, I do watch what I post on Facebook and Instagram, I am always mindful that others may find me there.

  • I realized this weekend that for some, even the looking is crossing the line, it comes across as you being insecure or nosy, that was a new point of view for me as I am totally cool with who I am and my relationships. This point of view was a bit strange for me as I have a huge online presence, and I view all things online to be free, open and public information to be accessed by anyone, anytime, however. My bar is what the information is used for, and how it is used. Anyway, some people do feel that way, and for those of us who are internet, online junkies, we have to be aware and respect these perspectives when we are in relationships with others. Ask clearly what their views are regarding this. Don’t assume that it’s harmless.

  • Since it was a strange point of view for me, I did a poll, and yes, about 30% of people interviewed do find it offensive for others to poke around on any social media looking for them. My question is though, if someone is so private, why are they on social media? Anyway, I learned a huge lesson, “If you look, don’t say you did!” (chuckle). Ok guys that was a joke….if you don’t disclose, then it becomes snooping vs browsing.

  • What is your opinion? Should people be free to look up anyone, whenever, however?

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    Comments

    1. I agree, if you dont want ANYONE to peek into your private lives, do not post it on social media. Social media is there for ppl to investigate into your life. If you interview for a job, nowadays, your page will be checked out. Social media is public domain. You should not take offense bc of this person. Yes, he is insecure and should focus on more importanta things instead of whos checking out his page, especially when its girlfriend.

      • You are right about the interview thing. I do check out facebook and other apps when I get a job application. I have saved myself many headaches also with babysitters and nannies by checking out their social media. Good points!
        Thanks!

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