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If A Stranger Asked You In-Person The Same Questions Facebook Does, What Would You Say?

If A Stranger Asked You In-Person The Same Questions Facebook Does, What Would You Say?

Imagine you’re at the mall one day, happily shopping around when all of a sudden, someone walks up to you and starts asking you questions like what your sexual preference is; what your email address is; what your telephone number is; what you’re doing there at the mall, etc. How would you respond?

The juxtaposition of our online habits with our offline habits is uniquely presented in one of the most hilarious videos I’ve seen in quite a while. It’s great seeing common perceptions of online and offline expectations being exploited in this manner, so I couldn’t help but bring more awareness to it and find out what YOU would do in a similar scenario!

Now, I realize the societal and cultural reasons why people would typically react with reservation/hostility when being forcibly propositioned with these types of questions — not to mention the intent of one person asking you these questions vs. you answering them while signing up for a social networking site — but the point of the end result remains the same: if you wouldn’t want a completely random stranger to know some of these things about you in-person, why are you so willing to give this information to Facebook or other social networking/media platforms and the complete strangers who inhabit them?

At the very least, the video above puts into perspective the legitimate need for privacy and why social networking platforms should err on the side of privacy in all cases. For many of us, privacy is a no-brainer and we immediately set our accounts up in exactly the ways we intend for them to be viewed. But for many others, signing up on social networking sites is almost a necessity these days just to keep in touch with friends/family. Anything past that is simply entering data into a computer as far as they’re concerned. They don’t realize that their information is being put to use for marketing purposes and all sorts of other things not covered in what the video above presents. But I digress.

Even still, this video got me thinking on the track of if signing up for a site like Facebook were an in-person interview process of sorts. What information would you be willing to hand over to a person asking you questions about your personal data in a situation like that? Naturally, you would still have the choice to seek that avenue out and answer/withhold certain information, but would you find certain questions more offensive in-person than reading them online? It’s a good scenario to ponder that may surprisingly guide your perception of social networking in ways you hadn’t yet considered!

With that in mind, how do you use social networking these days? Did you find a personal truth to be learned from the video above, or did you simply watch it and go, “meh.” Let me hear from you in the comments section below! Even if you hate all things social and this video showcases just why, your opinion counts in this discussion, too


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  1. August 8th, 2011 0:43

    “When I pick up the ball and it feels nice and light and small I know I’m going to have a good day. But if I…


  2. August 7th, 2011 13:15

    T 🙂 How goes it, likers!?


  3. August 7th, 2011 12:43

    I Gottah BIG Crush On 2WO Of My Facebook Friends !!


  4. August 7th, 2011 1:15

    I think I might have to go on an unfriending spree on Facebook tomorrow. I don’t even like half of those people I’m ‘friends’ with.


  5. August 7th, 2011 0:43

    ” Online on Facebook , Active on Twitter . “


  6. August 6th, 2011 13:14

    I was on facebook when I got this notifcation that someone answered a question: Do you think Perry is smaer than George W. Bush?: Yes. LOL


  7. August 6th, 2011 12:43

    Ho pubblicato una nuova foto su Facebook


  8. August 6th, 2011 1:16


  9. August 6th, 2011 0:43

    que HERMOSO *O*


  10. arausimagashian
    August 5th, 2011 13:14



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