The Importance Of Personal Information On The Internet

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When someone is young their parents will often tell them to not talk to strangers. If this is true, then we should ask ourselves why is it okay to spread personal information on the internet? Every day millions of details are shared on social media websites. Twitter alone has over five hundred million tweets a day. The majority of those tweets involve details about a personal life or interest. When information is being posted, it is often not thought that it can be viewed by anyone without whom we choose to share it with. In the social media chapter of Interface edited by Joan Green, the four texts are focused on sharing stories about the media to help readers answer the question “TMI: Is more always better?” (25). Today 's generation is constantly …show more content…
The internet is always the first solution to anyone’s problem. People spend hours playing pointless Facebook games and reading posts of people they do not care about. Today’s generation is addicted to being online, author Daniel Solove states this in his article about Google as he talks about how addicted most of the young people are today. “Many of us today – Especially teenagers and children- are spending more of our lives on the internet. And the more we’re online, the more likely details about our lives will slip out into cyberspace” (37). Young people are so addicted to being online, they cannot tell what is good to share and what is not. People get more comfortable being online and they let more intimate details slip out for the whole world to see. In the poem Social Networking the author, Heather Stewart says, “But if people gave me a dollar for every single tweet, homes could be built and cancer could be beat” (27). The author is saying that she is on Twitter so frequently that she could metaphorically have enough money to solve world issues. People are so addicted they do not realize the time and energy they are wasting online. Stewart also says, “I tweet my time away… but no way I’m leaving Twitter” (26). Stewart makes a point that all she does is spend her time on Twitter, sharing details about what she is doing. If she is tweeting constantly, then it is likely she has shared something that …show more content…
We need to remember that it is okay to post on the internet but with caution, as things posted on the internet can be seen by anyone. Every day someone is being cyber bullied or laughed at because of something they shared. The more that an individual shares, the more likely that something will come back to haunt them. Digital baggage stays with someone forever and is likely to cause issues. Google allows anyone to get any information in a matter of seconds. Things like snapchats or Facebook statuses never disappear, even if deleted. Finally, it makes today’s generation lazy and unproductive. Children spend a lot of time online and it is hard for parents to monitor all activity. A young child could tell a stranger online personal information that could lead to bad outcomes. People need to be more careful with what they post because lives are not as private as they used to be. When posting online, always remember to check if it is truly important to share with the world. What is shared with one person is actually being shared with the whole

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