When thinking of social media platforms a common thought comes to mind for all of them, it’s that classic line you’ve probably heard from your parents or said to your kids; “if you post that online, it’ll be there forever.” It is a constant thought in our minds while using these social media apps, will our employers see this? How about our kids teacher? Maybe even our kids one day? We’ve gotten so comfortable over the years about mindlessly posting things without thinking sometimes about who is watching or where these posts could end up, I mean there is a delete button after all right?
So when people say things stay on the internet forever, what do they mean by that? Is there someone specific who is taking our information and storing it somewhere? Are certain people more at risk then others? What does it even mean. Why is it that when we are trying to submit a paper and the computer crashes there is no trace of it, or when we are looking up someone’s profile and it has been deleted. Why does the internet only save what we don’t want? MySpace lost the entirety of its website: 52 million songs and decades of conversations, photos, and videos all gone. “We apologize for the inconvenience,” the company said. “If you would like more information, please contact our Data Protection Officer.” How does an entire website loose its contents but a photo of your drunk self manages to resurface when you least want it to.
The truth is, people have always known that taboo subjects or possible scandals are a thing to watch, is it possible that the internet is really just watching us and waiting for us to mess up so they can blackmail us? I mean anything seems possible these days. I just wonder at times if there is really that much to fear on the internet, or if it’s the complete opposite and we should be terrified, after all I am sure you have also heard the line “don’t talk to strangers” online and off. But with the internet being such an open space, what if these strangers don’t need to talk to you, they simply need to access your account, does this mean certain people are at a higher risk of getting their posts stored online? These are the risks and fears of having social media, so the question remains to post or not to post?
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