In light of recent comments about some Olympians claiming their performances have been distracted by twitter – I thought I’d re-publish a blog I wrote two years ago.
Here it is:
Can you believe Twitter is only five years old, and Facebook has only been around for just on seven years! But now there are reports that people are becoming addicted to them.
It’s hard to imagine life without tweeting and posting, but we are now in a brave new world where everything you do and experience can be posted online within seconds.
For the most part this is a good thing, but you also need to be careful.
I was reading a report today that claimed a growing number of teenagers are suffering from Facebook addiction. Apparently many feel inadequate reading about the “exciting” lives of their “friends”, and feel like they are missing out on all the action.
Psycholgists are reporting a big increase in teenagers suffering problems, and lack of sleep is becoming the norm because of 24/7 stay on line culture.
That’s why I believe kids should be taught from a very young age how to properly use the internet and social networking sites, and also learn to have downtime, without phones or the internet.
There’s also another concerning aspect
When I was a teenager your boss only had your resume and job interview to go on, but now everyone has an online foot print which is why you should avoid posting those embarrassing “drunk at the party” shots!
Sure you can delete them, but you never know who’s captured them and when they will re-appear again.
I suppose the best advice I can offer is never post anything that you wouldn’t want your mum or boss to see.
Even if you think what your saying is private, you can never be sure. There are already a growing number of court cases that use evidence from posts on sites like Twitter and Facebook. Only last week a Queensland man was found guilty of hacking into Facebook accounts and sentenced to three years in jail.
At the moment the internet is a bit like the wild west, yet as I write governments everywhere are looking at ways to control it.
Enjoy the internet, but just remember there can be a downside if you’re not careful.