Online Privacy

For as long as I can remember I’ve loved technology. I like being the person that knows the answers to common problems and figuring out neat things that I can do with it. I like the logistic challenge it has always created for me. Furthermore, I think that technology has offered society so much in return. We are in a place right now where we can online shop with just our voice, where everything we need will be delivered to our front door. Pretty amazing. What’s not to love?

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Conversely though, I despise the way that the average consumer uses their technology. Doing my best to not sound like an old man, I feel social media started out with the right intentions, though people have taken it too far. An online based community that shares their thoughts, feelings, opinions, and information with anyone around the world is a dream come true. I’d argue that this is hardly the case, though. Alternatively, I’d say that there is an ever growing addiction to molding our physical lives into a beautiful digital display for all to see. And I get it, the dopamine hit that comes with every like or positive interaction online is highly addictive.

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So, how exactly can society step away from this collective vanity? Obviously I don’t have an answer, but there are people in the world considering the implications of our current actions. Have you seen this episode of black mirror? Watch it.

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Privacy has become a big interest of mine over the past few years, too. Because of this, a part of me regrets signing up for all the biggest social media platforms. Facebook, YouTube, Google, Snapchat, Instagram, etc. I may be treading the line of conspiracy theorist here, but at one point or another, I’ve offered my personal data to them for free. It’s theirs now. They get to do whatever they want with it. Period. What do I mean? Perhaps the following video will help make sense of what I’m trying to say:

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You certainly don’t need to agree with me, and maybe you think I’m being over dramatic. Though I am reminded of this type of intrusiveness every time I forget to turn my location off on my phone. No, Chapters! I have no desire to rate my experience in your store!

Moving forward, I’ve made a personal choice to really consider whether or not I want my name and information attached to a new online service. For most people the convenience of signing up outweighs not signing up because the service uses your data to build a personalized experience for you. But that convenience helps reinforce my argument. What I want, or may want, due to my history is really no one’s business but my own.

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What do you think? Is there some truth to what I’m saying?

Thanks for reading,



5 thoughts on “Online Privacy

  1. Hey Cody! I think that you make a great argument in this post! I agree with you that social media has potentially gone too far. It’s crazy for me to consider the extent to which people will or have already gone to make their lives as perfect as they seem online. I also share your appreciation of privacy and I myself sometimes regret signing up for certain social media platforms, as while they do provide me an outlet for expression, they also carry a lot of dangers with them. I am still struggling to find my balance in terms of what I think is right for me online, so I definitely can relate to some of the themes you are addressing here. Like you said, the answer to the questions you have posed are complex and require a lot of thought!

    Also, I think that you did a wonderful job with this post! Your videos really supported your message and added a lot to your argument! Thanks for posing some difficult questions that are often ignored!


  2. Loved that you used Ron from Parks and Recreation! It blew me away that 41% of people feel that talking to Alexa, Google Home, etc feels like they are interacting with a real person! Makes me wonder what kind of conversations those people are having with a device that could potentially record everything they say and keep in their database. Could they potentially leak personal information like they might when people gossip together? Scary to imagine! Great post!


  3. Hi Cody! I think you have raised some very important points throughout your blog and completely agree with your final statement when you consider how important it truly is to keep your profiles if companies are just going to personalize your experience to what they believe you want to see. It is an interesting thought to make, and it is to bad that this is where technology has turned to because it makes me try and use it less and less the more I hear about these “personalizations.” I really enjoyed the videos you have incorporated throughout your blog post and overall great analysis!


  4. First of all, LOVED the Parks and Rec video. And secondly i agree with you, it is very scary that by signing up for all these various social media accounts we are putting ALL of our personal information at risk. You can easily see this with all the spam emails a person gets too (I get like 6 a week from “iTunes” claiming I’ve made $100 purchases) or all the other billion that you get from places that you have never given your email address to. That’s just a small portion of what the internet does. I also wish i had never made some of the social media accounts that i have, not all of them, but some.
    Thanks for all your thoughts


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