Are We Still Private On Social Media?

  1. Are we still private in the digital age? Argue for or against this concept.

We are not private at all in this age. With there are so many social sites out there; it is very difficult not to participate in at least one of them. People may be concerned about their private life leaking out online, however they are not doing much to stop it.


Not even that long ago, many people were worried they could loose their career or even their friends due to what they posted. Now people see posting as a way to potentially improve their career and social life. Social media can be really good for networking purposes. However it is difficult to post enough to give employers a good idea about you, without over sharing.

People are not afraid to show their families and even their neighborhood. This used to be seen as risking our safety. Now it is seen as being active online.

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We have no control on how others will react and comprehend to the things we post. To one, a post may be seen in a positive way, while someone else may see the same post as completely inappropriate.

Most social media sites do give us an option to set our profile to private, however, barely anyone uses this feature. So many people feel that there is no need to be private because they are not being searched anyway. There isn’t much we can do to prove that though. People do not understand, once we post, it can be seen by anybody.


  1. If we are still private (in social media), how do we maintain that privacy moving forward? If not, how do we continue to navigate in this world where privacy ceases to exist?

The only way we can navigate in the world with the lack of privacy we have, is to be responsible with our actions. Every person has different standards and ideas in regards to how much they are willing to put out there for everyone to see. You have to keep the image you want for yourself in mind when posting. If you post something out of your comfort zone, you need to be prepared for it to affect you in one way or another. Things may be different in the future, but we need to be aware of what is happening right now.


We need to realize, we are still allowed to be on our social media accounts and post things. However we need to remember that anything we post can be seen by anybody, and we need to be okay with that.


  1. Do you agree with Tim Rayner’s position that we live in a Virtual Panopticon?


I actually completely agree with Tim. Even though we may not realize it, our lives are out there online and everyone is watching us. People try so hard to get the approval of people who they don’t even know. The audience starts to feel as if they actually know the poster personally, due to all the information they have. However in reality all of the followers we have online are strangers. It is unfortunate that we feel the need to put on acts on our social media just to be accepted by others. The good news is, you do not have to feel this way. You have the ability to be in control and avoid the pressure that comes with social media.

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