In this digital age, we have become accustomed to having things that make us more connected, maybe productive…at no extra cost. Or have we? The recent privacy debacle with Facebook has shown that there is a cost to the ‘free services’ that we inhabit. It is the data we give away, without thought and seemingly without care. Facebook is not alone, think google, yahoo and others…think of credit card companies who know our movements and purchasing….think of store cards that mean changed store layouts based on our habits – the customers. We are in the Brave New World….these things we get for free have a hidden cost. These days that cost is becoming a little more visible.
I am amazed by how many people use Snapchat – it was back in August 2013 that I was downloading new apps when I read this post from Adam Mclane that shared the negative aspects of the app. I deleted it straight away and have never used it.
Adam highlights some significant dangers of the app, its false promises and its darker side, this was a convincer for me, which is why I struggle to understand why others would choose to use it. Is it because of a lack of knowledge? Is it because people love to flirt with danger? Do people love sexual ‘picture’ frivolity too much? These may all have an element of truth behind them but there are as many who just do not care. The recent upsurge in my contacts who are using this app have not convinced me to try it – in fact it is a brick wall that is faced when trying to convince them of the dangers inherent in having the app at all.
Perhaps the greatest resonance of concern is with parents of children and teens. Parents are concerned of the wider stories of sexual predators and what this may entail but seemingly less concerned about the insidious slide of decay when we talk of morality and the way we view our bodies.
It may be true that there are plenty of users who use the app in ‘appropriate ways’ but the question then – why the need for supposed anonymity (nothing is truly deleted once posted!) of the app? There are plenty of other alternatives.
If you are a snapchat user, or thinking about it, please think again – it is not all that it is cracked up to be. This post will disappear within 10 seconds of you reading it! (Oh no it wont – 😉 )
There seems to be quite a stir in the online world as Google privacy alters on March 1st and our browsing histories will be used against us in terms of advertising.
Is this really such a big deal considering how much of our lives are already online? For those that engage in social networks there is little that is hidden – that said, my cache is going to be cleared before March 1st, just in case there is something more sinister than I am aware of.