The Secret’s in the Telling

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.

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12 thoughts on “The Secret’s in the Telling

  1. I agree with you, imabalajon! Like they say, great inventions come great resposibilities and we should be responsible enough how we use our Facebook accounts. You’re right, we must be the ones who define how we should rule Facebook and not the other way around!

  2. While social media aims to be the platform of bringing people together online, let us not be too caught up in it that we miss out living the moment.

    At times I also find myself too attached with my phone and with what my so called-‘friends’ are up to. That i sometimes feel like watching by the sidelines instead of creating my own personal moments. Social media has admittedly become part of a daily gabit for most of us. FoMO (Fear of Missing Out) drives modern society to always to be online and be in the know of the latest happenings.

    However, let’s not forget that there is a far more beautiful world out there beyond the confines of our LED touchscreens . The best moments and relationships in life cannot be captured in a status update or an instagram image.

  3. While social media aims to be the platform of bringing people together online, let us not be too caught up in it that we miss out living the moment.

    At times I also find myself too attached with my phone and with what my so called-‘friends’ are up to. That i sometimes feel like watching by the sidelines instead of creating my own personal moments. Social media has admittedly become part of a daily habit for most of us. FoMO (Fear of Missing Out) drives modern society to always to be online and be in the know of the latest happenings.

    However, let’s not forget that there is a far more beautiful world out there beyond the confines of our LED touchscreens . The best moments and relationships in life cannot be captured in a status update or an instagram image.

  4. I absolutely agree with you, Naj!! We should work out our privacy and disclose classified information to friends and people we trust only. Facebook isn’t our diary; moreover, facebook friends aren’t really our real-life friends, pertaining to what friendship should really mean. Of course, social networking is a means of self expression, but we should remember the difference between the people who really care and the people who just want to know.

    Are we really the persons they think we are on Facebook?

  5. Yes, in the end, it is us who should be in control of the technological innovations especially when using them involves compromising our privacy (and consequently our safety). We should not rely on privacy settings alone and should exercise responsible social networking site usage.

  6. yes yes…that’s why i still want to go back in the time when people know each other personally rather than being seen as a ‘virtual’ character, untouched, and unexplored person. :))

  7. I agree, naj. There is no harm in social networking only if we do it responsibly. We shouldn’t get too overwhelmed with the emerging technologies.

  8. We really should be cautious of what we post about ourselves online for we cannot control the amount of people that information reaches. We should never forget to always put our safety first before anything else.

  9. Responsibility is the key to everything. We must be discerning in disclosing ourselves especially in the virtual world. It is hard to predict what’s on other people’s minds because you never see them face to face.

  10. In light of the recent news about online espionage, this article does make a valid point. I agree that to some extent, our privacy settings can keep others from gaining access to what could practically be our inner thoughts.

    Having read quite a number of articles on the issue of privacy, however, I’ve resigned myself to the fact that no matter how “private” we think our Facebook accounts are, it’s only to an extent. Our friends and people from our general public sphere may not have access to our information, but big brother sees all. As with sex, the best way to avoid problems with privacy is abstinence. Best keep private information offline.

  11. I very much agree with the points in this article. Some users even disclose themselves too muh online that sometimes, what they show in the cyberspace aren’t themselves anymore, but rather a show-off of their characters. And of course, yung nangyayari is that nagkakaroon na minsan ng false impressions sa pagkatao nila because of their online manners.

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