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Are We Sharing Too Much?

Oct 11, 2012

by Caleb Gardner

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In mere days (as of the writing of this post), my wife will be giving birth to our son. Excitement and panic is sitting in all at once. Going from one to two — and, not inconsequentially, from one boy to two boys — means that this house is about to get significantly more disorderly.

In preparation for the newest Gardner’s arrival, we’ve prepared the typical sharing arsenal, in three tiers: text messages for the first tier, emails to the second, and of course, Facebook to the world. Given the ease with which we can now share this kind of news, and the relative importance it has in life, it’s not surprising that birth announcements are some of the most popular content on Facebook. But is that a good thing?

The “Facebook effect” on parenting, and whether or not it is encouraging narcissistic tendencies in parents, has been a discussion item since Facebook and other social networks have been in existence (and the subject of some rather funny lampooning). Others have concerns about the effect of over-sharing on our children’s privacy. Recently I had a few college friends decide not to share photos of their new baby publicly at all, opting instead to share privately with a few close friends on a password-protected blog.

As someone who writes about his children often and has many friends who get paid to do the same, I’ve given a lot of consideration to what is appropriate to share and what is not. I haven’t arrived at any concrete answers, but I believe I’ve at least found a balance that works for us. While my children are young, my wife is my sounding board for what to share. If one of us isn’t comfortable with it, we keep it between us. And when my children are school-aged, I’ll stop writing about them completely, leaving what they want to share about themselves up to them.

I’m also generally unconvinced by the cries of narcissism. Social media has of course given narcissistic people new tools to fuel their self-obsession, but the medium is social because there are people at the other end of the sharing. People who want to know the stories about my children, just as I want to know their stories. I’m proud of my kids. Call it familial narcissism if you must, but I don’t think it is leading to the downfall of society. (On that note, stay tuned in the next few weeks, and you’ll get to hear about the birth of my second.)

Do you agree? Where do you draw the line at sharing your children with the world?

2 Featured Comments

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 6 years ago Featured

    I believe there should be boundaries to what we share with the World-Wide-Web. What we sometimes think is just for friends and family, can end up being for "anyone". Once a picture is out there, there's no taking it back. With link sharing, downloading, copying, pasting, and countless other ways people can access and keep photos we share, discretion and discernment is a must when it comes to publicizing little children.

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 6 years ago Featured

    I agree that discretion is wise on social networks. This didn't exist when my kids were born so I haven't had to make these decisions. However I am so glad to be able to see photos and read posts on facebook about the children of my nieces, who all live far away from me. People are so busy; without social networks we wouldn't know much about what is going on in the lives of our extended family and friends. It's a gift to be able to share in the day-to-day lives and milestones of those we love but can't be with.

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  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 6 years ago Featured

    I believe there should be boundaries to what we share with the World-Wide-Web. What we sometimes think is just for friends and family, can end up being for "anyone". Once a picture is out there, there's no taking it back. With link sharing, downloading, copying, pasting, and countless other ways people can access and keep photos we share, discretion and discernment is a must when it comes to publicizing little children.

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 6 years ago Featured

    I agree that discretion is wise on social networks. This didn't exist when my kids were born so I haven't had to make these decisions. However I am so glad to be able to see photos and read posts on facebook about the children of my nieces, who all live far away from me. People are so busy; without social networks we wouldn't know much about what is going on in the lives of our extended family and friends. It's a gift to be able to share in the day-to-day lives and milestones of those we love but can't be with.

  • dailydangerco

    Dejah Danger from DangerIndustries said 6 years ago

    I share about my kids on facebook and maintain a "friends only" privacy policy on my profile. I monitor my daughter's facebook page and what she posts as well. I figure if someone wants to do something untoward with my content... well, it only counts if I find out about it, honestly. And you can't hurt me or my children with anything I post, so I don't worry. I get mildly concerned about my product photos being used without permission, and put a small watermark on them. However, I'm not concerned with sharing about my kids.

  • FawningInLove

    Fawning Inlove from FawningInLove said 6 years ago

    I'm glad to know I'm not the only one that feels over sharing can be a bad thing when it comes to our children's privacy and safety. I'm very selective to who views photos of my child. There's always other ways to share that you're a proud parent. I sometimes have to shake my head even at local news stations that encourage parents to send in photos of thier kids "first day if school" photos and not only do they post the photo on the news but with thier names and ages with the school... You connect the dots and guess why that's not the smartest idea. Over all parents need to excersie safe sharing with password protected blogs with caution, there still ways to access information regardless of a password. The best advice is.. If you don't want it seen then don't post it on the Internet. Great article!! I hope it opens the eyes to some who have them shut still to the dangers.

  • SolskenDesign

    Nina from SolskenDesign said 6 years ago

    If I had kids, Facebook is the last place they would be on as far as photos go. There are fewer than a handful of me, too. And I refuse to connect my phone to it and give old schools or employers in the details; none of Facebook's business. Those who know me and need to know, will know.

  • SuzisPillowStudio

    Suzi from ThePillowStudioShop said 6 years ago

    I love the balance you have decided upon for sharing information about your child(ren) -- parental discretion until the child is old enough to have an opinion. I took a picture of my five-year old this weekend and as soon as I did she said "Mom, please don't put that on facebook." I guess we have hit the second mark.

  • BirdEnergy

    Genise Park from GeniseParkArts said 6 years ago

    I was wondering about all the social media stuff and sharing so much on line, there are obvious dangers especially for children.

  • solocosmo

    Jessica Grundy from solocosmo said 6 years ago

    I also have a friends only FB page and I use it to post pictures of my kids....it means I can reach both sets of grandparents, and even my kids great grandparents! I can reach cousins, uncles and aunts without having to send everyone an email. My grandmother uses FB to show off pictures of her great grandbabies to her friends! She comments under both her and my grandpa so we know he cares a lot too, but he told me long ago that it was her posting for him because he can't figure it out! My FB FAN page is a different story...I post a few pictures of me and the kids here and there, but not too often, and try to stick mostly to pictures of my artwork, the same on my blog. I do have two pictures of them in my shop profile because I consider them my 'Co workers' or maybe even my bosses...

  • nicolerisinger

    Nicole Risinger from SoSewOrganized said 6 years ago

    There are legitimate concerns with "oversharing" via any social media. But there can be a balance, as well. I think it is wise to take advantage of the groups available on Facebook. You can easily have a group of family or close friends and share certain things with them that you wouldn't with the entire world. I am careful to not reveal my exact location on my blog or anywhere else...normally when there is the option to "add location" I choose not to, just as an added measure of privacy. Who needs to know my exact location anyway? The people that need to know it already do!

  • misschristiana

    Christiana Odum from YarnDarlin said 6 years ago

    I don't have kids, but I don't have facebook "friends" that I don't actually know and trust. If I were sharing kid pics, it would only be available for family and friends. :)

  • thehouseofhemp

    sarah parker from thehouseofhemp said 6 years ago

    I ask myself this question every time i log in to FB.

  • sherrytruitt

    sherry truitt from sherrytruitt said 6 years ago

    It was only when we adopted our son, that we truly understood that respect and privacy went hand in hand. We answered every question with, "that information belongs to our son and it is up to him as to whether he shares it or not." Photos included.

  • Bananamoo

    Bananamoo from Bananamoo said 6 years ago

    That's why I don't collect fb friends just for the sake of having 500.. only my close friends and sis. I don't want to share with the world.

  • jeninal

    jeninal said 6 years ago

    I do share photos of my kids, but I do have privacy set to friends only. What I am VERY careful about is respecting other people's children - not sharing photos of my kids with their friends without the other parent's permission.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    I would have hated it if photos of me as a child had ended up being public property... it's cringe-making enough that they get to be seen by people whoknow me! But then, I seem to have a high privacy threshold as I would never post pictures of my home interior, & definitely not my home exterior that would be recognisable for strangers. It seems to me that people generally think it's more acceptable to share such things these days. Maybe it's an age thing! ;-)

  • bedouin

    Nicole from Crackerjackarma said 6 years ago

    I agree with the balance of sharing information. I don't have fb and keep my social networking to minimum but would imagine privacy settings are the way to go. Our kids are grown and know I enjoy pictures far more when sent to me in the mail.

  • Saragato

    Sara Schneider from EatWithYourEyes said 6 years ago

    I don't have children but a lot of my FB friends are parents so I'm used to seeing baby pictures, "first day of school" pictures, lost tooth, bad hair day, etc type pictures that you expect to see from a parent. Those I think are fine to share, whether with everyone or just family/close friends. I agree as well that there should be an age limit where talk and photos are limited or stopped because, as mazedasastoat said, some kids would be mortified later in life to see what mom and dad showed. The one thing I think shouldn't be public is when you complain about your children. And no I don't mean the "so-n-so just got paint everywhere, it's going to take forever to wash it all out" type of comments. I had a girl I've known since grade school friended and she had two children, one just ready to go in school and the other a year too young. Almost daily she complained about her children and how they hindered her from having fun, but then she would turn around and post pictures of them being cute like anyone else. She was being two-faced about her kids and to me that's not something you share. In fact I de-friended her because of this. I don't want to hear about how you regret getting pregnant at 19 but oh isn't your kid cute in this picture but oh man you want to go clubbing.

  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl said 6 years ago

    I don't have children, yet was just thinking about this the other day. My mother has like two pictures of herself as a baby. But now people post them all online every day. I think when I have kids they will get one really good shot for facebook. I of course will have tons of pictures of them, just not online for the world to see.

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  • GrowingUpWild

    Kelly Engel from GrowingUpWild said 6 years ago

    As someone that recently went from one boy to two you had me in your first paragraph. I struggle with how much to share as well. Currently my boys are also my models for my shop so they are often in pictures both on Etsy and on my business facebook page. On my personal page I try to filter photos and comments as I don't feel anything on-line is ever truly private.

  • TreadleLady

    Donna Kohler from TreadleLady said 6 years ago

    Oh, Caleb! How wonderful to have two boys, a very special family. I love little boys, just adorable.

  • vickshirley

    Shirley Vick and Mary Gary from byRickMarsh said 6 years ago

    I don't think that you are being fair to your child. What if that child does not want all of the people gawking? You are proud, no doubt. I am not trying to criticize just bring in another point of view. In this world today there is less and less privacy. When an induvidual is able to maintain some anonnymity I do not think that someone else has the right to take that away. Let the individual make that decision when he or she is capable of making that choice.

  • vickshirley

    Shirley Vick and Mary Gary from byRickMarsh said 6 years ago

    Everyone deserves some privacy - even children. I do not agree that you have the right to take that away from your child. I am not saying not to be proud or not to show off. Just keep it private.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    I'm always quite aware of how much I'm sharing online, I don't like to share too much - there are some things other people just don't want to know!

  • SeeBlake

    SeeBlake said 6 years ago

    I like your school-aged cut-off. That seems like a logical and appropriate time. Although we do not have children yet, I'm a trouble-shooter at heart, and the whole social media discussion in my mind should keep a clear focus on the SAFETY of our children, not just their social well-being (although that is very important as well). I heard the following example from my cousin (he has 2 young kids): It's the first day of kindergarten and you are so proud of your little one, so you take plenty of pictures and post them on Facebook, of course! Your friends and family can instantly share in the moment with you. BUT. Who else can see these images? Who did your friend or coworker share them with? Unfortunately there are predators out there and from a few first-day pictures they now know what your child looks like, the bus stop they wait at, their bus number and school district, and potentially many more details. Scary, hopefully rare, but maybe your friend (not publicly sharing anything) has it right on multiple fronts!

  • JollyLittlePurse

    olga carmody from MrAndMrsWallet said 6 years ago

    Just imagine: The boy which is going to be born in your family, will become in 40-50 years from now the President of the United States of America! How much stuff there will be on the internet about him since this birth! Hm. I don't believe in sharing too much.

  • Ridgevales

    Lindsay from SweetThreesBoutique said 6 years ago

    There is definitely a love for sharing amongst us, mostly, I am sure, from just being a very proud parent! There are limits, I agree, but who knows how I will be once I have children. We shall see :)

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    Darlene Jones from RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 6 years ago

    I think if most of the sharing of personal photo's is for family and friends it's a valuable tool. As a grandparent I get to see my babies growing up. It's not possible to visit very often so I'm very thankful to see photo's.

  • DanielHensley

    Daniel Hensley from HoundsofApollo said 6 years ago

    Considering that the internet collects and stores all information about you, then sells it to companies, I figure why give them more fodder? Personally, I'm extremely annoyed by the use of our information to hone the marketing of products toward us. I just want to be social, not marketed towards... but since I know that the internet works that way, I just try to share as little as possible on the www. That goes for kids as well - my daughter's mom just had a second child with her new husband, and while I've fought to keep her from posting every minute of our daughter's life on facebook, she's gone ahead and done it with her new child. I just can't shake the feeling that it's TMI to be spreading all over the public domain. But to each their own...

  • bloopbloops

    Michelle M from PenelopeandLala said 6 years ago

    I feel like all the sharing and over sharing leads to others feeling like they have more a intimate relationship with you then they actually do. You can go on FB and see everything a family is doing, where they went, what they ate, what they are feeling, etc.. without ever having to talk to them or actually be a friend. I find it all so weird. My profile pic is my daughter, but it's the only pictures I've ever put up of her. We have family members that put pictures of our kids up all over their FB pages and we've had to tell them how uncomfortable it makes us. It's my kid, so I have a say. What other people do with their own kids is up to them.

  • TheBeautyofBoredom

    Gracie from TheBeautyofBoredom said 6 years ago

    No children, but I keep the dozens of pictures of my cat to myself. No one cares. x.x It's okay though, if I ever have kids facebook will probably be the last thing on my mind. I'm not too worried about it.

  • cindiegee

    Cindie Gee from SensationsfromCindie said 6 years ago

    I share lots of pictures on my personal Facebook page. The point is Personal. I have my friends and family and I share with them. The privacy settings are there for a reason. Only friends can view my pictures so I am not worried about psycho's stalking my pictures in hopes of finding children to harm. I do believe many people use it to be lazy. I found out just this morning that my niece had a baby on Wednesday via Facebook. My parents who do not have FB pages did not know either that they had a new great granddaughter. It angers me people feel FB is the way to spread news like that.

  • DewyMorningVintage

    DewyMorningVintage from DewyMorningVintage said 6 years ago

    I'm a private person so I don't share a lot about myself via the web. I only have a business Facebook page and not a personal one. My friends keep begging me to get on Facebook but I'm just not big on broadcasting my life in that way. I prefer a good conversation over posting my life to the web. If I had children, I'm sure I wouldn't want to post them on Facebook either. I'm not against anything, it is just my personal preference. :)

  • JoyceAlice2

    JoyceAlice from JoyceAlice2 said 6 years ago

    I am a private person and do not like the idea of sharing personal info with the whole world. i think that's the main reason I have not yet gotten a FaceBook account. I think I will probably just have a business page and not a personal page when I do go on FaceBook. I did start a blog several years ago, to help get my art work "out there", and somehow it turned into a place where I jot down things that happen, or various thoughts, etc., not just my artwork. It sort of got away from me, and turned into a hodge-podge kind of critter. I have found that I truly enjoy my blog for its own sake. But I don't post personally identifiable info on it. (at least, I hope I haven't) Anyway, I have so few views and only 2 followers (one of whom is a relative) that I have a comfortable and probably false sense of anonymity about it. But I don't know, the whole idea of FaceBook makes me feel a little uneasy, and I think that if I had children I would be very careful about what I put up on the web about them.

  • MrLionAndJoanna

    JoannaAndMrLion from MrLionAndJoanna said 6 years ago

    As a mom o little boy I am asked all the time: please share his photos. And although I like my FB friends, I don't feel comfortable doing this. Because of his right to privacy, and because of his security. Maybe I am to careful but you never know who is watching (I don't believe in security of social media).

  • MizzleKids

    Lydia Louw from MizzleKids said 6 years ago

    I have a little girl; I try not to use her name on my blog and pick the pictures where her face is not really visible. I'm carefull with that. On the other hand; I used her as a model for my Mizzle Kids shop.. hmm.. not really consistent. On FB I'm just careful, but she pops up from time to time. I guess I'm getting more careful with that. My babyboy passed away in the 37st week of pregnancy. Although I think he was pretty and I wish everyone could have seen him, I will absolutely never post a picture of his pretty face on the web. If only it was for people googling me, my husband or my daughter.

  • Davs

    Sarah from Davs said 6 years ago

    I share with my friends and family on FB about my two sons, and even little tidbits on twitter. I choose to share the little things, like my youngest sons first day of school picture, or my older son climbing his way through an obstacle course at summer camp. My youngest son has autism, and I talk a little bit about that on twitter, and facebook but not a lot. I only share what I'm comfortable with anyone knowing, the rest I keep for myself. I should add that I appreciate people who share little things about their children as well. Being a stay at home mom, I am interested and comforted knowing I'm not the only one who's experiencing the high's and lows or parenthood.

  • newhopebeading

    newhopebeading from newhopebeading said 6 years ago

    Fascinating topic... we have always asked Sam if she wanted to be included in the shop's about page and profile and she has always said yes... in fact if anything my husband and I are more guarded about her than she is. I think that may be because we are older parents. My husband does not even have facebook. I have facebook for my business and while I do technically have a personal page i intentionally never post on it. Anyone who is really important in my life i interact with in person or on the phone... I am "old -school" lol

  • SolskenDesign

    Nina from SolskenDesign said 6 years ago

    Interesting arguments since my previous comment. Where there is internet, there is also email. Grandparents and other relatives and friends can easily share also via email, which should be among the most private forms of communication. Surprisingly, it wasn't even considered above. I like the idea that a child should have a voice regarding what has been put out there and that's what I will honour. The photo album containing "embarrassing" photos of me as a child came out only when a few, selected people where guests in our home and that level of privacy is what I intend to maintain in the future, as well. Just because social networking sites make it easy to share just about any information that can be shared, doesn't mean we have to accept their need to collect that information and possibly sell it onwards to god knows where. And just because "everyone" shares, won't make me less concerned about privacy issues. No site is hacker proof, no coding perfect, but there are leaks all the time. Other people can gamble with their kids.

  • Afroclectic

    Isabella Kpobie from Afroclectic said 6 years ago

    I think that you potentially need to have two accounts the one that you can restrict and share family time with the friends and family you cant be with regularly, and a less personal networking/ business profile where you can invite people connect with you and not have the worry that all of your personal life is out there especially as commented above maintaining security on social sites is difficult. If in doubt don't put in out there

  • EternoJewelry

    Diane Bushby from EternoJewelry said 6 years ago

    I guess im Old School and use the postal service to send photos to the people I love and use the telephone to talk to them, yes we all lead busy lives but then we always have doesnt matter what generation we are talking about. I do wonder about this idea of sharing everything with the world though..does everyone want to know what you eat for breakfast...I'm definitely of the world where you dont post your babies first pictures on the net or at the other end of the spectrum set up an RIP page! I find it strange that people who are meant to be grieving can go onto facebook to make comments about their loved one, but then that's just my personal opinion, It all seems a bit frantic..is that the right word?

  • VandOUA

    VandO from VandOUA said 6 years ago

    Thank you! Very relevant post! I fully support a confidential way to his personal life! If you do not have the time to share your news with close friends in person or on the phone, then have to change your lifestyle or look so close to you whether these "close" people, do you think ... And the use of personal photos or stories of life to promote, for example, if your blog site, I think in general indecent ...

  • IntheMoodforVintage

    Michele from IntheMoodforVintage said 6 years ago

    Firstly, congrats on your second son!! How exciting for your first son to have a little brother, a best friend. I have four sons and no need to worry ... aside from footballs, baseballs and an occasional Frisbee whirling past your head while you are cooking, all will be fine. I personally would not publish, to the world, images, facts or info about my sons. Embarrassment has no age requirement, therefore even the youngest child can be upset about having info broadcasted via any of the means. A child's privacy should always be protected, honored and respected. I personally would not even broadcast those "family stickers" on your rear car windows. How easy for a pedophile to zoom in on your family and follow you home. The most important job of a parent is to build a safe place for them to grow up. Social media is not that place, in my opinion. Not only that , if a child sees that it is "normal" to say and post all info, they will also proceed with that program as they grow up, leaving themselves vulnerable. Remember that old saying, "children learn by example". Teach them to respect and honor their own privacy as well.

  • handmaderaspberry

    stacey caunt from handmaderaspberry said 6 years ago

    I dont have children but I have a niece who is 4. My sister used to put photos of her up - the usual kind - at parties, in pretty outfits, playing with toys etc. Unfortunatly my sister didnt have her profile set to private and one day recieved a message from a sick human being - a man describing in some detail the disgusting things he wanted to do to my niece. It freaked us all out and left us feeling scared for quite a while, wondering wether he knew where my sister lived etc - so theres an extreme example of the dangers of sharing pictures of your children online.

  • AmberGypsySky

    Amber Archibald from GypsySkyCreations said 6 years ago

    I believe it has gone too far. I don't share a whole lot about my life on facebook. I do not want anyone to know where I am and what I'm doing. It can be a very dangerous thing. There are a lot of people out there who can take that information or those photos and things and use it in ways that are awful. Sure I'll promote art shows and if I had a good time at the movies or something but I'm not going to post where I am at a given moment so someone can come find me there or know where I hang out. People don't seem to understand what privacy is any longer. They are just flaunting their lives to anyone and everyone in the world and I'm sure there has been and will continue to be serious consequences to this shared information.

  • studiorandom

    Dana Seilhan from studiorandom said 6 years ago

    People forget that every time you walk out your front door and go anywhere in public, you are being seen--and you are being seen by people you don't know and will never talk to. It's like when someone's afraid to have their picture taken because they think they look bad in pictures. Well, it's not like your face is hidden from the world, so there really is no difference between having your picture taken and going to the grocery store. We live under this illusion that we are somehow hidden from the world. But we can't be. As for those aspects of our lives supposedly more private than what we look like, either we underestimate how much we really do have in common with other people, or we're hiding things we have no business hiding. Fortunately the latter is a good deal rarer than the former--but I mistrust *anybody* who lives inside a metaphorical Fort Knox, because for all I know they *are* hiding a bad thing. Unfortunately, I must speak from experience here.

  • hennyseashell

    Henny Augustien from hennyseashell said 6 years ago

    I like Facebook, love to read and know what's my friends doing in another part of the world, but still I would be really careful to upload my family's photos on FB. the same goes with words that I want to write on my FB wall. usually I take a moment just to thinking.. if I were the other person who would see this FB wall, would I like this words...would that be comfortable being seen there?

  • pookdesignz

    Amanda Gwynne-Farrish from pookdesignz said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing everyone - all of your insights will have me thinking before I post on social media - excellent points have been raised, and I find this pretty insightful - thank you!

  • Celebilaer

    Celebilaer said 5 years ago

    Dana - I could not disagree more with what you say. When we go out and walk about, do complete strangers know who we are, where we live, what our phone numbers are, who our children/parents/partners are?? Having your picture taken by a stranger is an intrusion. Did they as if they could "TAKE" your picture? Because that is what they are doing - taking something from you and then owning it. What do they do with it? And why should people not want to hide perfectly 'innocent' things from others simply because they want to be private? I don't share my beliefs with more than a small handful of people. I don't share my sexuality. What is it that we 'have no business hiding from others'? As for mistrusting those who prefer to be private and not share because they must be hiding something, and being open and upfront and in the public image ....... well, the very sad recent revelations going on now about abusers should show that having an 'open' profile is one of the biggest screens such people operate under. I find that far too many people now are way too needy in shoving themselves, their families and friends (without permission) into the public limelight. Even if you set your preferences on social websites to reduce accessibility, you are still giving away masses of information to the hosts and they make money out of that. And even worse, you have no real control. But the worst thing is the damage done to others by those who torment and abuse people they don't like, or have fallen out with etc. And this is going to increase to the point where all of us become victims sooner or later. People 'name and shame' others, put out private details of others to cause harm and distress, stalk others - the list goes on and on, and there is very little, if any redress for the 'victim' because the 'anti'-social website is a law unto itself. It's not just an understanding of what privacy means, as Amber says in her post, it's a complete loss and failure to understand respect for others and for self. We've advanced too quickly in this area and we have no idea how to bring it back under control. And if that isn't enough, the constant new technology that is rammed down our throats is costing the Earth. How on earth did we all manage before the web, before mobile phones, before highly intrusive, reality media? I think we were a whole load more civilised and closer to each other than we are now. Sorry for the rant - but I feel really strongly about this. It is perfectly possible to keep up with friends and family with simple email even when they're the other side of the world.

  • Celebilaer

    Celebilaer said 5 years ago

    Oh - that did have paragraphs in it. Grrr

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