People from all over the world come to Hollywood. They want to walk along the stars and take tours, looking at various celebrities’ homes. Having your personal life for everyone to see is just part of being a celebrity. But now, it seems like it’s becoming a part of being any person in modern day society.
Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn. There are so many ways to share your personal information with the world. Lucky you! Basically everything you can know about a person can be found within these social media sites. We are entering a time when secrets will not exist. There will be no such thing as sharing your personal information because it won’t be personal anymore. It will be public knowledge. You might think, “Well, what if you decide not to post all of your information online?” Although I cannot guarantee that a mind-reading social media site will not be invented, I can say that where we are headed is to a place where people will lose their “filter.” Putting your information online will become second nature and normal. There will be no thinking about the consequences. Everyone’s doing it so it must be safe, right?
Social media created this idea that if celebrities do it and post it online, or anyone for that matter, than “it” becomes acceptable. “It” can be an action, an outfit, a quote, etc. But once someone does it for the first time, everyone will follow. Social media has created a more empathetic, forgiving society. It blinds us from our values and instincts. Instead, we conform.
I recently learned about Spokeo. It is a website that compiles all of your personal information from various sites and makes a special folder for you. All you have to do is search your name and you can find you address, phone number, your family members, and even see a Google Earth image of your house (just like the celebrity tours! Paparazzi status.). These are the types of consequences we are already experiencing, and social media is still blooming.