On Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and even Google Plus, people share photos of their family and friends, where they live, what they eat, even where they travel. Millions of people – many of them total strangers – have access to what you’re feeling, who you spend time with, even what you like, simply by reading your posts, watching your videos, and viewing your photos.
There are a multitude of apps whose sole purpose is to enable you to share every moment of your life digitally.
The term “selfies” – pictures people take of themselves using their smartphones – has become part of the popular vernacular. People are even taking photos of themselves while driving. That together with texting messages while driving has led to a number of injuries and fatalities on the road just this year.
“Personal” is quickly becoming an endangered species of a word.
Even before the advent of social networks, this kind of behavior would be wrong on so many levels.
We have apparently become so needy of other people’s attention that we simply disregard our privacy, our most personal thoughts, our friends and family, and apparently our own personal safety and that of others – all in a desperate bid for attention.
Is there such a thing as privacy now, and more importantly, does anyone still feel the need to protect it?
Ask yourself this. And be honest with your answer.
Just don’t share it.