September 29, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Social media is so new that the long term unintended consequences of its widespread use are still being figured out. What is it that drives teenagers to post photos of themselves hitting a beer bong? Why are people compelled to tweet that they will be on a two-week European vacation next week? Why would a doctor post the day’s events from the emergency room? Why do some teachers feel it is OK to friend their students on Facebook?
If you’re in the camp of people who think, “What’s the big deal?” then I worry about you. The problem isn’t with social media but rather with folks who don’t understand that the beer bong photo from college might not impress the HR director of ABC Corp later in life. Do you have no problem letting the world know about your extended vacation? Burglars love you. Do you think it is OK that your 6th grader’s teacher “Likes” little Johnny’s page and tweets him regularly? « Read the rest of this entry »