Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Benefits Of Privacy 

This discussion of Facebook is disturbing, not because Facebook is invading one's privacy but because individuals willingly give it away. There is an exhibitionist tendency among users who tell too much about themselves. There should be self-imposed limits on what one says about oneself, especially with regard to co-workers and clients. They don't need to know and frankly, don't want to know personal details. Their concern is whether you are credible and productive. They are not particularly interested in your dating habits, favorite band or choice of food. One should distinguish between private and public self. There can be too much transparency, and Facebook is proving that. It seems to me that there will be a reaction against Facebook at some point when users realize how much of their personal privacy they have sacrificed.


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