Thank you all for the blog comments on Behind the Screen! I realize most of you have very similar feelings towards social media including Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, etc. and I personally could not have answered my own questions better than you guys!
I am glad I gave a few of you the bright idea to reconsider your Facebook friends, also known as “spring cleaning”; you can never be too safe! Most of you agreed that while behind the screen, you are not putting on an act when talking to people, but rather giving yourself more time to come up with responses, as well as editing them to the best of your ability.
It is also reassuring to know that you are all being safe over the world wide web, and staying clear of the unknown, creepy predictors Keeping your profile private, and personal information completely off of the internet is the best way to do so! Talking to people is pretty harmless, but it is smart to just stick to friends, family and acquiescence.
A lot of you made comments towards the feeling of being more confident over the internet. Reasons include the physical distance between you and that person, the fact that they cannot see you, the time you have to edit your responses and that you can freely speak your mind and edit your photos. Some things are much easier to type out than to say out loud. Personally, I have posted things in the past that I may never have to guts to say out loud. People are also pretty open to what they post online because it can be deleted by the click of a button, mind you, this does depend on how outrageous the post is because some things can be online forever once they are posted.
I am sure you all have seen the MTV show Cat Fish. It is about fake profile accounts that use real photos of random people but the user is a completely different person. That stuff is real! It can happen! This is why it is important to have met the person you are speaking to rather than assume they are telling the truth, because once again, things are easier to say, twist and lie about through social media than in person. Be aware! Be cautious!
After reading all of the awesome comments, you all seem to have a pretty good understanding of how social media works and how to avoid any sort of incident that can occur and cause trouble for you. Social media is fun and may seem harmless at the time, but there are multiple things that can go wrong and send you down a spiral of unknown scary occurrences with people that you do not want to mess with. Always keep a good head on your shoulders when it comes to online conversations, posts and information.
That’s all for now! Sleep tight bloggers! Zzz-z-zz