My online privacy is quite important to me, but I don’t have too many concerns about it. Why? Well, I post on Facebook approximately once a month, and all of that content is visible to friends only. My account is private on Instagram. On YouTube, I’ve hidden everything away. LinkedIn? I never really figured out what should I really post there, honestly 🙂
Right, so I am not the one to be super-active on any social media platforms. I use Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, WordPress, LinkedIn, and Snapchat. That’s 6 platforms in total, which seems about average, but everything on my profiles there, except my name and my profile picture, is hidden away.
I consider the main reason for this to be my fear of certain people finding out too much of what they do not really need to know. For example, future employers: I am sure they do not need to see what my friends and I were up to last night.
However, what I cannot control is the content that appears in the media that is written about me. Back in school, I used to play badminton, and I have been to quite a few national championships. When I was about 16, I decided to google myself, and, shockingly, I found numerous articles from local newspapers, discussing my performance in the championship and my games with local sportsmen, during the past four years.
What was truly shocking was that the articles contained pictures of me, a minor at the time. They revealed my age and my city, and the badminton club that I belong to. How can all of this be legal? Luckily, it was small-scale. However, my parents still got the pictures taken down.
Yet that is the thing: no matter how much you hide away, a part of information will always be out there. Some of it you will not be able to control. Maybe it is time to accept it and just be more careful about what we post, and stop hiding from ‘strangers on the internet’? Is it time to accept the content that is created about us?
Let me know what you think!