I posted this awhile ago on FaceBook and decided to copy it over to my blog.  Just a little venting and a bit of a rant on relationships, trust, morality, and the digital age of social media.

Social media makes it easy for people to keep in touch and to share information. In some cases too easy. The age of the internet, particularly as we know it today, has been both a blessing and a curse. Families and friends can be a part of each other's daily lives from hundreds, or even thousands of miles away, across time zones, and even continents.

However, the free access and inundation of information desensitizes people to things like respect, discretion, loyalty, common courtesy, and common sense. We wonder sometimes what is wrong with our society today, and well this is part of it, part not all. Some people need to remember that not everything in your life or the lives of people you know needs to be shared, not just on the internet, but not shared with everyone you come across in your daily life; that there are still some things that should remain private, privy only to the people directly involved. Just because I know you or know of you, doesn't mean you automatically get to know all of my business. And if I trust you enough to divulge a bit of my private life or a part of me with you, doesn't give you cart blanch to share it with the world.

In an age where information is upheld as power, and “secrets” are branded the bane of all that is “good”, I sincerely beg to differ. We have too much information floating out there. It becomes a point of information overload and people begin to feel entitled to know everything about everyone. Well I ask, what gives you the right to know every minute detail about me? Do I have something to hide? Not really. But my life is my life. Your life is your life. And somethings are just not meant to be openly shared with the world. People need to learn to THINK before they speak. Think about who they are talking to and about. And remember that the people on the other side of the screen, across town, or the other side of the world do in fact have feelings and a life outside of pixels on a screen. RESPECT each other's lives and show a sense of morals and integrity.