Too Much Information!
By Emily, age 21, Newfoundland
Sweet Designs Featured Writer
I'm sure you've all heard of the social networking sites known as Facebook and MySpace. They're sites that allow you to meet new people and add them as friends and to post your interests, pictures, etc. The sites also allows you to post your full name, phone number, and address, although you can control who sees this information. A big trend on these social networking sites is doing just that - posting your complete address and cell phone number. It's also a big trend to post your full name on the site.
Many people don't realize this is as dangerous as it is. According to one site, people post this much information for two reasons. Either they have forgotten that tons of people have access to this information or else they have a false sense of security because they feel like the internet allows them anonymity.
I'm not sure people have caught on to how dangerous this really can be. In big cities and small towns, it allows for people to know where you live and potentially gives people an invitation to stalk or break into your house. People also post racy pictures and comments depicting underage drinking, drug use, and the like. This is dangerous because, not only do university offices and future employers look at them, but the police also have a special division dedicated to catching criminals via the internet.
So think twice about what you're putting on Facebook! The general rule of thumb is: if you don't want your grandmother to see that kind of thing, don't post it. And, chances are, colleges and workplaces don't want to see it either.
Instead, use social networking sites to promote yourself to future employers and colleges. Post information and pictures that feature your sense of responsibility, volunteer experience, pieces you've written, etc. Essentially, turn your Facebook site into your portfolio. Not only does it look good for colleges and workplaces, but your family will appreciate it too.