Do We Put Too Much Of Our Lives On Facebook and Twitter?
Facebook and Twitter have changed the way we use the internet, but do we broadcast too much of our lives on the internet, for all to see?
Facebook has changed the way 350 Million people use Facebook around the globe. So many people use Facebook, if it was a country, it would be the fourth largest country in the world!
With the abilitiy to connect with ours friends and family (I think 70% of my family use Facebook and and about 80% of my friends use it) Facebook has become far more than a social networking site! You can do a HUGE variety of things on Facebook.
You can post pictures/videos/notes you can comment on almost everything, you can play games, find out your horoscope, track your family tree, talk to people in an instant messaging service and if you are REALLY bored you can watch crops grow and Cows eat it Farmville.
However, do we put too much of our lives online for anyone to see? I have now got into the habit of taking pictures everywhere I go with friends and family (any party, gathering, event...) and as I soon as I get home, I put them on Facebook. This is mainly so everyone involved can see them, but I've had people who just randomly flick through my pictures, and they comment, and I have no idea who they are!
It's the same with videos. Also, a big thing on Facebook in your relationship status. If you ever get a new girlfriend or boyfriend, then you change your relationship status, and everybody can see and ask who it is. The same if you break up, it's no longer a private thing. In fact, people have broken up using the Facebook relationship status feature. "Dumped On Facebook" is a term you hear all too much.
As well as that you can say where you live, how old you are, your interests, favourites fims/books/tv programs/hoobies, religious beliefs, political beliefs and much more.
The Facebook status can also be updated, and this means the tiniest aspects of your life are no longer private if you choose to share them, and that takes me onto Twitter.
Twitter is very similar, but also very different to Facebook. If I was to compare Twitter to Facebook, I would say it was the Facebook status updater feature, without any of the hastle. It's a very simple version of Facebook, but highly addictive.
Twitter has become a place were celebrities can "tweet" about their lives and it will make the front page. It has also become a place where the ordinary person can become a mini-online celebrity, depending on how many followers they have.
Miley Cyurs famously DELETED her Twitter after becoming obviously addicted to the site. Then she made a rap about it, and posted it on Youtube. This rap became an over-night hit and made the news, all because a Disney star deleted their Twitter.
You can tweet about anything. "I'm just driving to McDonalds whilst listening to Britney x". Like anyone would want to know that, but aparantly we do. With no signs of the social networking site slowing down, it seems like Twitter could become as big as Facebook.
Is It All Too Much?
In the last decade, we have started to reveal so much about our lives online, but is it all too much?
Why is it so easy to get addicted to Twitter and Facebook, and to scream and shout about every aspect of our lives. Is it a safe thing to do (who knows what is lurking on the internet).
It's safe to say, these giants show so signs of slowing down.