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August 31, 2013

KNISELY: Living social, for real

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The status update box is a breeding ground for passive aggressive behavior. When it comes to making posts on Facebook, annoying people fall into two categories: The Oversharer and The Undersharer. I’m not sure which is worse, a post full of innuendo and hidden meaning or a post full of unnecessary intimate details.

I was always careful what I said on Facebook for two reasons: 1) I don’t want to fall into one of the two aforementioned categories and 2) You never know who’s listening.

Jobs have been lost and lives have been ruined by things that have been posted on Facebook.

There’s no privacy online. It just plain doesn’t exact. There’s always someone tracking; there’s always someone watching; there’s always someone listening. Even if that “someone” is a supercomputer in some distant, air-conditioned server room, that supercomputer doesn’t forget and who knows who will someday access that information.

And it’s scary to think there’s a generation coming of age that doesn’t know life without Facebook. It’s a generation that posts every detail of their lives online. They’re making these posts in a time of their lives when they’re not the best decision makers.

And I can say that from personal experience. I made some pretty stupid decisions when I was 16. But fortunately all the people involved or knew about those poor decisions and the resulting consequences have long forgotten. There was no Facebook for me to post my adolescent indiscretions on, and there was no Google cache to never let me forget my wrongs.

I cringe when I see someone under 18 on Facebook. I worry it’s a travesty waiting to happen.

But, alas, I can’t speak for them or anyone else, but for me, I’m staying off Facebook for a while. Instead, I’m going to reprioritize my life and put more thought into how I spend my time.

I’m going spend time with my friends in real life.

Misty Knisely is managing editor of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5155 or at misty.knisely@pharostribune.com

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