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.
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
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.