March 23, 2015

How "Private" Is The Internet ?

It isn't, let's just start with that. The internet is a public place so if you don't feel comfortable doing something in public I strongly suggest that you don't do it on the internet, this will save you a lot of trouble in the future. I feel like we're constantly seeing people's lives ruined by the internet and nobody seems to learn from it. Sex tapes, leaked naked pictures, cyber bullying.. and the list goes on and on.

We're living in a time where almost everyone shares their lives on the internet and some people even make money out of it. The lines get blurred and sometimes we can't see how much is too much. It's ok for me to share a picture in a bikini.. so why not also post one wearing bra, it's pretty much the same thing, right ? NO ! When your debating in your head if you should post a certain picture or not you probably shouldn't. Just follow one very simple guideline: If you don't want your mom or your boss to see it, don't post it. 

It's ok to get a little drunk (sometimes), wear a bikini and even gossip a little bit about people's lives (we all do it at some level) but you don't need to document it online. Once it's on the internet that's it, you cannot take it back and everybody gets to see it. The idea of online privacy is not real. 

I don't know if you guys have heard about it and I'm not even quite sure how the story goes but a school teacher send a picture through snapchat to someone "privately" just to sow her students that nothing is really private when it comes to internet. The pictures ended on all sorts of social media outlet receiving over 20.000 shares and comments. Read more about it here.    

I think a lot of the bad things happen because the majority of people don't actually realize the consequences of their actions and also because they feel like it'll never happen to them. They feel like they can trust whomever it is they are sending things to. And you know what, maybe they do - but you need to keep in mind that old saying: "shit happens" and sometimes you can't control it

Maybe someone is playing with your boyfriend's phone and sees your "sexy picture", maybe your boyfriend becomes a crazy asshole, maybe your friends post a picture of you completely drunk by accident because she looks super cute in it or maybe your phone gets racked and the entire world gets to see your booty on social media - and even if you're Jennifer Lawrence there's not much you can do about. 

We're all entitled to our privacy and I, by no means, think that people who gets their photos leaked or something else deserves it, but until we figure out the blurred lines of internet and social media we need to be careful and protect ourselves. Social media is supposed to be something fun and entertaining but unfortunately it has lethal power of it's own.

I know most countries have laws that dictate good conduct and punishment for those who infringe the law but as I said before it's all still quite new and sometimes there isn't really much you can do it about. Just be safe and take of yourself and you integrity. 

What are your thoughts on this topic ? 
I would love to hear what you have to say. You guys always impress me with your opinions and thoughts so please let's get the discussion going !

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you soon ! 



  1. Good first sentence. I think it's important to keep this in mind when talking about yourself online but it's just as important, if not more so, to remember these things when you are sharing about another person. Maybe your friend doesn't really want you to post that you are at a store with her right now because she has different views about privacy and safety than you. Maybe your child will think it's funny if you have a silly naked baby butt picture of him in your house but will that same child be glad in a couple of decades that instead you decided to put it on the internet?! Who can say?
    It's obviously different for everyone and every situation but my rule of thumb is that you can share, but use your brain and share with caution.
    :) Alice

  2. The internet is definitely NOT safe and with all the social medias, I think privacy is almost non existence these days especially for us bloggers. I try to be careful about it though but you're right, there are just so many underlying dangers in the massive world wide web.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  3. I think we all underestimate how public the internet is, but also don't care at the same time. I mean, obviously we will if one of our pictures gets shared to the wrong place, but beforehand, even after reading this post, I'm just going to go about every day social media-ing. Thinking before you share should already be part of that.

    The Life of Little Me

  4. Nice post all true and we should always think before posting.