My mother constantly gives me excuses as to why she won’t use Facebook, which is funny because she has an account. One of those excuses is the lack of privacy, she doesn’t want her life made available for everyone to see. I empathize with her situation, of course, she is my mother after all. But I feel like this excuse is used by many people. They say, why would I want my life to be put in a space made available to the public? My answer, now that I think about it, would go something like this: social media is your life, it is an extension of your reality. At least that is the direction we’re going with the online world. It is a place that allows its users to be who they want to be, and different platforms offer different things.
Facebook features great options for privacy control, you can even make your profile undiscoverable by outsiders in the digital world if you really want to be that invisible online. For my own Facebook I have my settings set so that only my friends can see my posts, but sometimes friends of friends will as well. To me that is okay, I want people who know me as an acquaintance or as a friend to be able to find me on my Facebook so that we can stay in touch.
On the other hand, Instagram is completely different, you have the ability to privatize your account forcing people to go through an acceptance process, or you can be wide open leaving your photography to be discovered by anybody. That’s the beauty of the internet, it can be private and it can also be open. It’s really up to you to manage it according to your interests.
But, where is the limit of our responsibility and when does social media become responsible for its “users” safety?
Article by Nicole Bogart: http://globalnews.ca/news/1159724/young-canadians-lack-understanding-of-online-privacy-study/
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