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Old 03-07-2012, 07:49 AM   #1
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...or myspace, or pretty much any social media. As a fact this is the ONLY website I actually have a current subscription to; everything else I simply lurk. I suppose that makes me antisocial, but in this day and age of declining, if not completely nonexistent privacy, I can think of nothing else I'd rather do.

Does this make me a dinosaur, a square, or something else all together?
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:41 AM   #2
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If this is a place for confessions, I refuse to own a cell phone.









. . . but you gotta love Facebook and Skype for keeping track of the kids and grandkids.

 
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:37 AM   #3

Facebook has been a great way for me to stay connected with more geographically distant relatives.

 
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:13 PM   #4
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I don't use them either.

 
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:23 PM   #5
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Someone wrote a book on this and I don't know who but likened todays social media like being in a high school like social environment on a permanent basis by allowing yourself to be grouped and classed by others and have bad influences in your life for much longer than you should.

I enjoy my anonymity.

 
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:41 PM   #6
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Facebook revolutionized the way out-of-town relatives stalk my children. If it wasn't for the snap and upload feature on my smartphone, I would probably drop or severely limit my facebook presence.

Priivacy should be a calculated tradeoff. Make sure what you are getting exceeds what you are giving. SSN and credit report for a mortgage? No question. Everything about me for access to a video game? Maybe not.

I am hopelessly intertwined with google. Gmail, calendar, docs, maps, Android phone...totally worth it for the convenience for me, but my 17-year-old self is b!&%* slapping me with a paperback copy of Orwell's 1984 wondering what the hell happened.
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:54 PM   #7
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There's no privacy on in internet no matter what you do. Google is one of the worst offenders.

 
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Old 03-07-2012, 01:22 PM   #8
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There's no privacy on in internet no matter what you do. Google is one of the worst offenders.
Absolutely true. Google and FB make huge profits selling your personal information to advertisers and there is very little you can do about it. However, I should mention that you can Opt-out of Google's tracking cookies and you can change some of what is shared under Ad Preferences. Still, I don't know how much this actually helps.

Europe's laws protect its citizens a little better than ours do. At least they get to know where and how their data is being used.
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Old 03-07-2012, 02:26 PM   #9
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I've cut WAY back on the FB. Once in a while if I'm bored or really need to send a message to someone I'll get on it.

Their policies and practices have begun to upset me.

 
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Old 03-07-2012, 02:35 PM   #10
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I make a living on the web and social media is huge in terms of expanding your reach and promoting yourself, product, or service. That being said, all of the social sites are mainly used for business and networking, and not for sitting around playing farmville or tweeting about what I just ate for lunch.

 
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