We have the ability to choose what we want to view and share through technology, but only to a certain extent. Celebrities and micro-celebrities post whatever they want knowing that the content they share is at the world’s disposal. What most people, especially children, do not understand is that the life these celebrities and “regular” people who attract a mass following online portray themselves through social media is most likely not the life they lead outside of their platform(s) of choice.
It is impossible for parents to monitor their child’s Internet use 24/7 and most children in today’s generation will very likely be exposed to inappropriate content via the Internet at some point. It is important to consider privacy on the Internet as a loose term because once you put something on the Internet, it stays there forever and it is impossible to truly know everyone who has viewed and/or has access to the information and data you provide.
The notion of lying alters how we present ourselves to others online because even though you may not see any signs, the possibility that the person you believe you are talking to online may not be real. It is important to be cautious of the personal information you share with strangers online. According to the article, The Lying Disease, “Our natural bullshit detectors are muted online; we can’t rely on facial expressions and other physical cues for sensing lies, and studies suggest that without those cues, we’re prone to generously fill in the blanks” (Madrid, 2012). It is horrible to face the reality that there are people in this world that are so mentally disabled that they have the audacity to pose as a cancer patient online and pull someone who is actually going through chemo, heartache and the realization that they could be dying very soon, into a fake sob story just for the attention.
The specifics of the technologies that alter how we communicate, present ourselves, and create a sense of self to present to others includes who our projected audience is. If most of your Facebook friends were co-workers and professionals, while most of your Instagram followers were close-friends, the content of posts would differ from platform to platform. Similarly, there are people out there that find that they can post nude pictures, explicit content, and troll other users on the Internet with the feeling of security that no one in the real world will find out about their secret activity and that no one on the Internet will find out their real identity.