Spooked by social media experiment, or exhibitionist ?

facebook-or-exhibitionistPeople who spend too much time on Facebook reporting their every movement and thought don’t really want privacy. After all, they want someone, ANYONE, to know that they exist, and their existence is important.

Look at me! Look at me! Someone look at me!

Even creepier are the people who believe that someone, ANYONE, gives a hot damn what they think about something.

Opinions are like…..

And then, there are normal people who Facebook every now and then to share not much of anything  and move on. They probably have some expectation of privacy. They probably want it.

Even they don’t have it……

The Phoenix Police recently issued a reminder to the public that social media offers no expectation of privacy. Check it out…..

The Phoenix Police Department, on the other hand, is quite concerned about the sometimes too open use of the internet and social media by our citizens. They would like to remind the public to not only use privacy settings on the internet but to be aware that what’s in the background of photos and other details can be clues to criminals.

There are predators out there with immense computer and internet skills, who could very easily replicate what the producer has accomplished, but for completely different reasons. Imagine a complete stranger approaching you and/or your family “out of the blue” and revealing personal and intimate information about you, where you live, who you live with, your family, where you work and eat, and your pet’s name. Do young children live in and around your home? What about your birthday, your friend’s names and birthdays, and where you all like to hang out? The list of information our citizens are putting in cyberspace goes on and on.

The internet and social media are great tools for everything from shopping and job hunting to planning events and keeping in touch. But, they must be used responsibly in order to keep from becoming a victim.

Phoenix Police say that intended or not, Mr. Vale very well may have done a great service to the citizens of our country and perhaps even all over the world!

If you are not spooked by what you just saw, you just might be an exhibitionist.

Jeff B. Dawson