Top 5 Reasons Why Social Media is Making Us More Honest

Social media is arguably one of the most influential technologies in history.  And while I find myself using it more and more for business, I'm still not a huge personal user (compared to some of my really geeky friends).  This might be due to the national episode that happened to me about a year and a half ago, which involved a tabloid scandal that exploited my personal information to millions of people waiting in the supermarket checkout lines.

I'll be the first to admit that the stories that came out that summer were not pretty.  In fact, it affected almost every aspect of my life.  We were in a multitude of national news and tabloids, in addition to our friends and family being involved.  Pretty frightening for the average person to go through.  The irony is: I have enormous passion and respect for technology, even though social media was essentially the origin of the entire media storm.  I don't know, that might have something to do with my biased opinion...
Various media and tabloids queried my social network friends/followers in search of digging up any information on the gossip.  While most of my "friends" in my social media circles are indeed my real friends, the average person has a portion of loosely-related acquaintances.  And to be honest, I was a very casual social media user, so I really didn't monitor my networks that often.  All it took were a few unsolicited messages to "friends" of "friends" in my network, and the tabloids were able to get the leads they needed.  Touche!
What's the point Ed?
All this said, today I look at social media in a different way.  Some individuals might have had a different reaction, though I believe that social media can make a better society.  The more we use social media, the more our lives are becoming transparent, which I believe can make you a more honest person.  Yes, maybe today I'm more conscious of my social media network and what information I make public, though I also think more carefully about the impact of my actions.  Not only online, though I'm also more conscious in making everyday decisions.  Hopefully, not everyone has to learn the way I did!
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that we should start using social networks to cure incarcerated criminals or anything crazy like that.  Wait, too late.

Top 5 Reasons Why Social Media is Making Us More Honest:

  1. Our friends, family and colleagues all live in our virtual worlds.

  2. Public records and government is shifting to a more transparent model.  Social Media is not going away, so if you have been holding off on that facebook account, don't worry, in 2013 govbook will require you to register if you want a driver's license.
  3. 99% of all web content is owned by someone out there...and it's not you.  The Tribune Company owns this article, and they have the right to share with the galaxy.
  4. Our online behaviors often positively affect our real lives.  Some learn the hard way.
  5. As our traditional and social networks continue to merge, our morals, ethics and backgrounds are written into our perpetual curriculum vitae.

Behave!

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  • great article mr.ed! Never having been in your situation with the media circus, I can only imagine how that would feel. Never being one to salivate after fodder, I often advise my friends to only believe half of what they actually see, and none of what they read. My grandma gave the best advice... if you always tell the truth you don't have to take time to think up an answer. Keep up the good work you are doing.
    Auntie

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