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Are social networking sites becoming a dwelling place for image bashers and stalkers?

The pace at which information is accessed in present times is astonishing. A few clicks and you have what you need. It’s hard to imagine how the future will unfold. Social networking sites have become a rage with internet users. While a virtual dwelling place was merely a concept that was deemed possible decades ago, it sure is reality now. The meaning of a ‘private life’ has changed with the arrival of social networking sites. Is your life private? Not anymore! All that love, hate, greed, jealousy, malice, wrath, jilt and revengeful desire has found a virtual stream that is heading towards harm’s way. And, make no mistake it’s going to be hard to deal with in the near future.

The sad reality is… a person’s emotions are controlled by the actions of other users. Emotional quotient of a person is affected by comments and pictures uploaded by other users, known or unknown to him/her. Every social networking site needs users to earn them their bread. Without users a social network cannot survive. Social networks have to use engaging tactics to ensure users continue to use the services of their site. How far will social networking sites go to bring in the crowd? Are social networks really concerned about how the services offered to users are being used? Stalking and image bashing on social networks is getting out of hand.

Is there a decisive way to stop stalking and image bashing on social networking sites? There definitely is, but taking facts into consideration, would agenda, conspiracy, greed and personal gain allow a curb. For example if a social networking site does device ways to reduce the number of stalkers and image bashers, it ultimately affects their earnings because of a drop in active users, and no social network would be happy with a reduction in earnings. The game of greed knows only profit, not loss. We have got to realize image bashers too are users that contribute significantly towards social network income. Fabricated stories, rumors, fake news, and false information, generate quite a buzz on social networks. So if there’s demand, there’s got to be supply. Let’s be brutally honest, many social networks are becoming a stalkers paradise. As the number of users on a social networking site increase, the stalker proportion too increases. Indeed, it’s you that holds the reins of information to be shared about self, but you are not the only one that shares.

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LeaPea2417 wrote on August 13, 2014, 1:30 PM

It is a place for those and that is sad, but it also is a place for true friends to gather.

Scorpie wrote on August 13, 2014, 1:52 PM

You can keep your online life separate from the real world which affords you the opportunity to start over at any time.

LoudMan wrote on August 13, 2014, 7:20 PM

I still use my real name but nowadays, when someone asks me where I'm working, I just remove them from my list. Too many conveniently-timed job losses after some lard-butt asks me nosy questions. It's nasty slobs who do it. I think I might change my strategy and start giving fake information.

allen0187 wrote on August 16, 2014, 1:43 AM

Yes, in this day and age of social media, it is easier for people with dubious intentions to stalk their victims. Hence, it is always important to be smart about what we share online.

Tuffy06 wrote on August 18, 2014, 3:10 AM

I agree that is why I seldom post very personal details about myself in my Facebook account even if it is under "private" because you can never tell what people can do to hack it.

madhavan_as wrote on August 25, 2014, 11:49 AM

Nice and good posting to make interesting reading.