Social Media: Invasion of privacy or commodity?

Isn’t it a little scary when you realize that all the ads on the advertising column on Facebook seem to satisfy a specific need you have? I think it is. Every time we join a new social media network, allow an app on Facebook, or search for something we need, we are giving up our right to privacy.

Most of the applications on Facebook, as well as other social media outlets, display a disclosure stating all the information that the website will divulge. Many times, people don’t take the time to read these contracts and later on find themselves giving out too much personal information. Computer “cookies” can be cleaned every once in a while, but that still doesn’t make a huge difference.

In the past, I have tried to block as many “cookies” as possible, and make my browser only allow safe links and websites. However, by doing that I realized that it was much harder to find whatever I was looking for. So now the question is, is our laziness worth the invasion of our privacy? I think yes.

Anything we upload to the Internet, especially to our social media networks, will be there forever. We already give all these networks access to our contacts, photos, documents, and even interest by just operating our social media through our phone and tablets. I must admit, it was a little creepy when I found out that my Google email stored all my contacts, but it has come in handy in the past.

By connecting my iPhone to Facebook and Twitter, I can instantly upload photos, share posts, email articles, upload my Instagram to Facebook, and share my location. That being said, by sharing my location, I can use the Maps app as a GPS, I can find my smartphone if it gets lost, I can find my friends, and I can get deals from Foursquare.

Giving away our privacy seems scary, and unnecessary, nonetheless, it has become a commodity that nobody wants to live without. My generation, for the most part, understands that we are putting it all out there. I believe we have come to adapt to the “invasion of privacy” concept, and now we look at it as a benefit. With that in mind, it’s safe to say that we must all be careful about what we post on the Internet, but if used well, it can be a commodity that we can all enjoy.


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