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How Social Media Can Ruin Your Life

Submitted by on September 18, 2012 – 10:13 amNo Comment | 3,962 views

teamworkFacebook, Twitter, MySpace, Linkedin; these are only a few names of social media sites, which have become increasingly popular during the last few years. As a matter of fact, many people today prefer to communicate via social media, to share pictures and leave comments, as opposite to calling someone or sending e-mail.

Social media is a good way of providing some insights to others of what is going on in your life, especially to those you do not see regularly. However, it can easily be overdone. Social media has the potential to ruin your life, if you are not careful about what you share, and to whom.

Who can see your profile?

One terrible mistake one can make is not to be careful what others can see. Especially in the business arena, many managers or employers scan social media sites in order to see what there is to discover about their (future) employees. Perhaps you have uploaded that picture from last night, or anything you do not want to be seen by employers. Many people are not even aware of all the privacy settings available at sites like, for example Facebook.

Additionally, people freely make statements about their jobs, or perhaps interviews they had. Often, statements and pictures can be insulting. The more important it is to know, who can actually read them. It would be very embarrassing to make an insulting statement about your line manager, while he can actually read what you are writing. Also, such statements or pictures can often be redistributed to far beyond your network.

(Identity) theft

Have you ever thought about someone being able to copy some of your data, and pretending to be you? It does happen. Especially if your personal data and images are not available to only some selected people, anyone could take the data available and pretend to be you.

Additionally, you might be inviting burglars or thieves to your home without knowing it. If your address is available at any place at your profile (sometimes it can be even a picture of a delivery you received, which happens to display your address on it), you do not want to state at any time that you are on holiday, or away from home. With that information, villains know exactly when you are not at home, and you could become a victim of burglary easily.

The internet does not forget

Once you have uploaded something at one of the many social media sites, chances are this information might be picked up or spread by others, eventually being indexed by Google and thousands of other search engines. If you have ever uploaded for others not to see, and there is only one person spreading it, it might be available on the internet, virtually forever.

For this reason, it is vitally important to think before you post. The main question to ask yourself is whether you would mind if that information is available to everyone, forever.

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