These days, people post all sorts of personal content on social media and it seems that people are more open about their day-to-day lives than ever before, with many people happy to talk to their social media audience about what they get up to every day. Is privacy becoming a thing of the past thanks to social media?
Yes – we share too much online
So many of us today don’t think twice when it comes to deciding what to post on social media. We talk about pretty much everything and we take photos of pretty much everything – there seem to be no limits. Once you sign up to social media and you start posting, it’s very easy to become addicted and to feel that you have to keep posting about your life to keep up with others and to attract a following of your own. Social media is a huge part of life for many people and this is reflected in the huge amount of content they post and the actual content itself: many people will post details about their day-to-day life and will try to amass as many friends or followers as they can. Many of us are guilty of living life and documenting it all on social media for others to see; you could call us guilty of oversharing and could well argue that the more about our lives we post, the less privacy we’re entitled to. People don’t seem to have a problem with sharing the minutiae of their lives and putting themselves out there. Social media isn’t about being private; it’s about being open and sharing with others. Because social media is such a huge part of so many people’s lives, you could indeed say that privacy is becoming a thing of the past because so many of us give in to the demands of social media and continuously keep the internet updated on our lives.
No – you can still post and have a private life
It’s perfectly possible to be a social media addict and still maintain a private life for yourself. Sure, many people post endless content about their lives, but social media isn’t just for that: you can post a ton of impersonal content that doesn’t reveal too much about you. You don’t have to post things like photos of your breakfast or what you’re up to at the weekend when you sign up to social media; you can keep your posts as far removed from your life as you want. It doesn’t have to be you updating people about your life; you can use social media to share news, opinions and interesting things you’ve found online. Maintaining a private life is very easy when on social media: just don’t update people on what you’re doing. It’s commonplace for people to find out things about their friends and family through social media; people announce things like births, deaths, engagements, relationships and break-ups on social media and will not bother telling people because they’ll just find out on social media anyway. If you want a private life while on social media, if you want to be able to tell people things in person and not have them find out your news through social media, simply don’t post that sort of stuff. Privacy still exists, it’s just a lot of people choose to live without it because of the pressures of social media.
What do you think?
So what do you think about this? Has social media affected us so much that we no longer understand the concept of privacy, or is it still possible to be active on social media and lead a private life?