The Age of the Everyday Stalker Has Come and It's You!

How Social Media Made Us Trained Stalkers

Listen to a rant about how we all became stalkers so gradually that no one noticed our privacy is gone.

Episode #10-29 released on March 1, 2020

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I see you spying on your messages, looking for the word read, waiting to see if the person is writing you back and doesn't that bother you, that you and everyone else can do that. Today, this is my rant on the world of everyday stalkers, how we simply became programmed to need everything instantly and how we became dependent on the message and user status.

The Internet and applications haven't always allowed us to know when people have read our messages or know when we were online. That isn't a new feature per say, it has existed for a while with emails with the read receipt option and stand-alone messengers, but it is definitely an intrusion into our privacy that we have simply ignored. After all, when was the last time you went a whole week, or even a day, without waiting for a read status from a message you sent via Messenger or any other chat application?

The world of today revolves around the idea of instant access. We can acquire content on the fly. We have access to videos, music, movies, email, etc. all the time. However, somewhere along those lines we moved from new message notifications to state by state notifications that include read, typing, sending, sent, received, etc. You know, the kind of details any stalker would love to have. After all, that is nearly the equivalent of knowing where you are, which is, also, an option on social media. It goes as far as stating which device you are using online to connect to a specific website, service or application. Knowing the device may give an idea of your economic ability and can be used against you.

In a nutshell, the world of today is now a world full of fully trained stalkers that corporations have enabled by providing some much information about yourself, your activities, etc. to everyone else, that many people will know where you are, what you are doing right now, and if you are home. And, isn't that a problem in itself.

What do you think of this? And, should we be seeing changes in those areas?

Answer the question for yourself in the comments on YouTube. My opinion is this, I think it is a huge problem. And, we need to scale back the amount of information an application can provide others and make those features opt-in, not opt-out. After all, many people will not be informed on the potential risks of having some much available information. And that can potentially put their lives in danger, especially those with no understanding of technology and people in vulnerable groups such as minors.

Host : Steve Smith | Music : | Editor : Steve Smith | Producer : Zed Axis Dot Net

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