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 How Much Is Too Much

Last night I overhear a little girl talking to her friend on the bus. She was saying how much she wanted to go to sleep over camp so she could take pictures to post on Facebook and Instagram. What struck me was not the fact that she wanted to do this but rather how earnest she seemed about it as it was the most import thing in the world. I had to smile.

On deeper reflection I couldn’t help thinking that there are so many adults who like this little girl posting on Facebook and Instagram is a very serious matter. They eat, live, sleep and breathe for the moment they post something and get the likes and comments. For some it is almost like an obsession a fix to get them through the day. The trouble is these people often put too much of their lives on public display. While others encourage them (Many of whom ironically, keep their own lives private) it is not necessarily a good thing.

Identity theft is a major problem and just because it hasn’t happened to you yet doesn’t mean it can’t happen. People don’t have to know where you shop what you bought and what expensive gifts you got. Don’t broadcast to the world when we you going on vacation where you are going and how long you will be staying. Robbers love to know all this information. Remember if you do not enable your privacy settings it means everyone can see all of what you post. Sharing does not mean the world has to know everything about you!

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  1. You are absolutely correct, sometimes we can be our own worst enemies. Great post Marva.

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  2. willowdot21 says:

    I totally agree and can I add that some people send more time with their “Virtual Friend” than they do with real people , this too is dangerous! xxx

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  3. Marva, this was the very comment I made on an article for a post in the Jamaica Observer, where a returning resident and business man was shot and killed in Manchester. He had relatives coming from the Airport. Therefore, he went with other family members to pick them up. As they arrived at his home, gunmen broke in, shot and killed him in front of them, then proceeded to rob the others present as well. I am not sure how these gunmen knew that foreigners were coming and the exact time they would arrive. However, I mentioned that I am not really referring to this particular incident, but a lot of times people brag and boast on facebook, by putting every details of where they are going, what they are doing and when they are doing it. I mentioned that criminals monitor and use facebook just the same as regular folks.

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