Every two weeks Bloggers unite for a day to write about a communal topic. This week LetsBlogOff asks the question what is this thing called privacy?
I think there is a definite line that was drawn between my generation and the next youngest. Social media wasn't prevalent when I was growing up. If I took a picture I had to wait to have it developed before being able to see it. I mailed checks to pay my bills. I never completed an application, for anything, on line.
I love the internet and most of what it offers but I am also wary of it. I know anything I type, on any forum including this blog, is out in the universe forever. I have a friend, age 38, who doesn't seem to mind and posts all kinds of things to her Facebook page. Things I would NEVER post. Personally I am not a fan of Facebook and only have a page because so many of my friends who don't live near me post pictures of their kids. I rarely update my wall. I am very careful with Twitter, LinkedIn and now Google +. Potential employers, mortgage lenders, apartment complexes, credit card companies, insurance companies are all now searching social media before approving applicants.
It scares me that since I have been shopping on line for a pair of boots for the past few weeks I now see ads pop up on websites I visit that are all about shoes and boots.
Other parts of my life also have less privacy. I remember when I applied and was hired for a job at a dentist office on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, FL. I was 20. In order to work in Palm Beach I had to have an ID card to get on the island. I was fingerprinted for the first time in my life to work for a DENTIST. These days most of us are subject to a urine test at anytime by our employers. When I walk down a street I now assume that I am on film. Either a business with security cameras or a person with a cell phone camera for whatever reason.
I do feel that my privacy rights are slowly being stripped away and it concerns me. I wonder what the United States will be like in 20 years. Will the 1st Amendment of the Bill of Rights still be in effect? Will I be able to peacefully protest for my beliefs? Yes I wonder.
Please take a moment to read what the other participants in Lets Blog Off feel about Privacy.