Social Media has completely changed our views on privacy, as we embrace new thoughts about what we should and shouldn’t share with others.
Since the digital revolution, social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook have taken all over our lives at an extremely fast pace, redefining the importance of privacy and our relationships with each other. Today, we want people to follow us, add us, embrace our views and look at our pictures and posts. In the past, it was the complete opposite.
We are hooked to our computers or mobile phones and spend countless hours checking Facebook pages or updating our Twitter feeds. We have this growing urge to stream our daily activities and thoughts for the viewing pleasure of others. A few years back, such a thing would have been regarded dangerous and unacceptable.
Social media platforms have become an alternative channel for direct social interaction between individuals, making it possible to know other people’s news, simply by reading their newsfeeds or status updates. A social media account has become part of who we are, it defines us and affects how people relate to us. Even companies rely on them to identify potential job candidates.
Indeed, an increasing amount of our personal lives is not necessarily private any more, though privacy can still be protected through personal choice. If we don’t want to expose our experiences, thoughts, or personalities, we have the option to not open a social media account.
The key question, however, is whether we can really afford not to!?