Saturday, January 29, 2011

Internet,Social Media,etc-are we too open about all of this?

As I sat at the break room table at work last week,people around me were saying how people reveal way too much on facebook. I have heard this all too many times before. The statuses that people put on their facebook and twitter raises eyebrows for those that are not into divulging very much. Many people view these social network sites as evil but those same people have profiles themselves.

Recently the Egyptian protests have caused their government to shut down the Internet,blocking users to use facebook and twitter to get the word out on what is going on,although some news still gets leaked out of there. Are we taking advantage of our right to freedom of speech? What would happen if the Government shut down the Internet in the US?

Or are we too liberal when it comes to social media? Why do people reveal as much as they do on the Internet these days? Or has freedom of speech reigned always in America and this is just another way to express this right? Another theory could be that it is a form of journaling,which is known for it's therapeutic effects. Or it can be as simple as a way to keep in touch with people as we get older and become more busy with jobs,marriages,kids,etc.

There are times where I refrain from revealing too much on my blog,which kind of defeats the purpose of having a blog,but it really comes down to what you are comfortable with. Some days I feel like revealing more than other days.

And I think that is what makes all of us unique in a way,just as in real life,some are more extroverts,while others are more private. And this country allows us to choose which route we want to take when it comes to this topic.

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