Last week my house got burgled!
Not really sure how the chap/s got in – he may have picked the lock (it is easy to pick) or I may have left the front door unlocked (I do that sometimes). Actually, I have a strong suspicion it’s that chap who came round for some survey or other!! Be that as it may – that unscrupulous, conscienceless scoundrel (may he go all the way to Hell) got in and helped himself to all of my private and personal stuff!!!! And the next thing I know, he goes and puts them up at the Local Garage Sale – and I had to buy my own things back. Grrrrr!
Is that a collective guffaw I hear?? Yes – you laugh at my predicament, and so you should – it’s too silly for words, I find it funny myself and it didn’t really happen at all!!!! 😉
So then why isn’t anybody laughing at the somewhat similar predicament out there in the big bad online world – something about someone getting into Facebook and helping themselves to personal data (via some personality prediction tests) of over 50 million FB users, and then putting all the stolen information to use elsewhere??
Look at the brouhaha it has caused!! Not to mention a situation wherein people all around the world have been jolted out of their usual complacent somnolence with the million dollar trending question of Shakespearen magnitude : “To Delete (the FB account) or not to delete, that is the question!!!”
Okay – There are no 2 ways about the issue: it’s unscrupulous, unprincipled, unethical and downright scary too – but not at all shocking is it? Wasn’t it to be expected – sooner or later??
I mean, I’m kind of confused……..
It’s a PUBLIC PLATFORM darn it!! And it’s for FREE!
Did we sign on for these social sites at gun point? Nope. Did we think twice before clicking on “I agree…” or “I submit…” or whatever? Nope. On our own free will, we upload every last bit of our personal and private details on this free PP and …….cry foul when it doesn’t stay private any more!! UhOh.
Why do we do it?? Is it naïveté or is it just our ego?
For instance, why do I put up my pictures, my blogpost and whatever else on FB, or Instagram or Twitter or any other social site? Because I love Marc Zuckerberg and I want to do him a good turn? 😉
DUH!! I love myself – that’s why. Let’s face it : We all want to reach out to the world for that instant public gratification that social sites give us. We crave for Likes, Shares and Comments for all that we upload – pictures of a delicious looking dish, latest haircut, the last trip we went on, details of the next trip, and more, for all our followers, their friends and friends of friends!!
I feel pleased and pampered when FB does a personal birthday video for me, but I’m outraged when it broadcasts my age to the world. I am happy to take ludicrous online surveys that tell me which celebrity I resemble the most (:/) or how I might look 20 years hence (:/), but I’m angry and upset when the details I fill in (on a public platform mind you!!) are ‘leaked’ out! And the list goes on…..
Every time I log in to Facebook, it asks me “What’s on your mind….?” and I am very forthcoming in my reply – I broadcast my preferences, my favorites, my likes, my dislikes and my reasons for doing so and FB records all of it for posterity! Well, there you are…!
It’s quite like sunbathing, out in the open front yard of the house; and at the end of a relaxed enjoyable hour’s session in the sun, we’re shocked, outraged and upset that the entire neighborhood has stopped by to check out our tan (and our vital statistics 😉 We then proceed to raise a ruckus and sue the Landlord for not doing enough to safeguard our privacy. And to show that we mean business, we decide to shut down house and move elsewhere!
Just as the call is now up to “Delete…. the FB Account!!”
However, I doubt if that’s really going to solve the issue, as we’ll have just shifted it to another platform!! And don’t even get me started on what we’ve done to that thing called WhatsApp. Woah!
One really does not have to go all out and become a Buddhist, to follow a philosophy of moderation and of ‘not going overboard’ in our relationship with social media.
Even the most placid and well-behaved cow would no doubt kick you in the face if you milked it too hard and too much!!!
So, tell me what’s on your mind….??? 🙂
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