The lifestyle human kind has right now is merely a sign that we have gone over a lot of development through the years. There is now easier access towards every bit of information and basically, there is easier access towards how everything in life works. Along with the wide array offered to us by these advancements, we can even socialize via the internet also.
Facebook, the largest social networking site available in today’s generation is being used by over millions of people around the world. The word “social” in social networking is definitely maximized in how we use Facebook nowadays/ You share your posts, photos, status updates and information with your friends, even to the people whom you do not know.
There are theories set on why people actually invest their time on updating their Facebook pages more than anything else in the world. It provides people the satisfaction that whenever they showcase what they know online and they would get to have a number a likes or positive feedback, there is the rise of self-esteem for them. According to the Theory of Ritualized Media, media is not consumed merely for informational or entertainment purposes but they are also habitually used as part of people’s everyday life routines as diversions and pastimes. Even according to the majority of people, opening their Facebook accounts has become part of their everyday routine. They would use it for communication processes, educational purposes or just for the sake of passing the time.
Facebook may be that fascinating by means of its reach in connecting people and society. However, we must consider that there is this underlying responsibility that we should take notice every time we post something online. This is why Facebook itself offers privacy settings for us to use to minimize the viewers of whatever we post. However again, thee are the lurking questions of “How private is private anyway?” and “Is private really private?”.
We must always remember that every time we post something, we are giving Facebook the opportunity to spread out what we have posted to other people. This is why privacy settings matter. Some people may not be aware of how these things work and I believe that this tends to be a problem to people. The things that they post on their Facebook profiles may be an outlet to draw out offensive things against the person, gather important information, bully someone emotionally via online and a lot more of other ways to make one’s life miserable via online.
By the use of these privacy settings, we can at least, minimize the people who access the information that we give out online, specifically on our Facebook profiles only. Again, however, we cannot guarantee that we can be totally “private” through this. There are still a lot of people who are just so fond of getting information even by means of hacking one’s personal profile. So therefore, it all sums up to the fact that we should be held responsible of whatever we post.
We cannot easily keep things private in the tangible world, so how much more in the online world, right? We must be the ones who define how we should rule Facebook and not the other way around. Mankind should not view the rise of technology as something grand since we are only defining our limits to control it if we see it in that kind of light. We should be the ones taking charge of how we want things to function since we are the ones having the total grip of what’s happening in the many advancements in technology now.