In today’s society of global communication, where “Facebook Me” is a commonly used phrase, less and less people find the need to meet their acquaintances in person. What is more, even fewer people make actual eye contact with that “awesome girl/guy” they met on the internet and claim to have fallen for.
To the naïve human mind, the thought of meeting the best friend or the perfect spouse on the social network sounds not only believable, but exciting and thrilling. While there are exceptions, the statistics show that around 60% of the people using facebook.com have inclinations to obsession, stalking, and tend to pretend to be other people just so that they can catch someone’s attention. All of the latter begs the question: Facebook or Fakebook?
Unfortunately, this story is not a new one. Even before February 2004, which was the launching date of one of today’s most successful sites – Facebook.com, there were many other web-pages that offered finding companionship, friendship, and even sex for you. Long before Facebook came to be, the terms internet harassment, cyber bullying, and online predator existed in the crimes list. People would get tricked, blackmailed, even young children would fall victims of online maniacs. And along came Facebook – the same kind of wolf, only this time with a fancier coat, which everyone could find attractive in some way.
Dreadful people always hang around you online in the wait that somebody naive would become their target. Most unknown profiles available on any social network like Facebook are sham. In new techniques of robbery, people make friend online and then they are asked to meet somewhere. Try avoiding such meeting calls as much as possible, no matter how comfortable you are in having online conversation with that person. Still, if you have to meet someone for important reasons, try bringing somebody with you, and choose the place secure and suitable for you.
One of the main issues created by public networks is security. Societal dealings over internet have turned out to be a much admired activity these days. But most of the well-liked activities always have some downside to it as well. The disadvantages caused by social networking can be reduced, if you stay vigilant while using it. Online networking is the act of intermingling with each other online. And when you make friends you obviously share your personal information, sometimes you end up sharing incorrect information with mistaken person and get in trouble. But if you are too restricted in sharing your information, you’ll probably end up having no friends at all. So you need to maintain balance between these two situations and obviously judge people well.
At present a positive step taken by many social sites in improving the security measures is be much secure for addict users, as it was in past. In the beginning, social networking sites were vulnerable to be molested by hackers. The public conference sites are top ranked in providing low security. Hackers have been easily able to damage minds of youngster, by hacking their profiles and torturing them. However the occurrences of such unpleasant incidents have decreased by a certain amount now. Most of the sites now operate with an age limit set for users to make profile. Nevertheless damages caused by social networking sites can be ducked with no trouble, if you use them in a fair manner.
There are some general security measures provided by every website. The primary advice to undervalue problems caused by social networks is to make use of the privacy settings given by the site to protect your profile. One can easily control the information he/she want to disclose to everyone on the network. Also you can survive from the curse of hackers and viruses by installing good antivirus software. There should be an antivirus installed at all times on your computer, but when using any social network, it becomes even more important.
It will also help you tackle the everyday increasing new type of scams. As it is said for every dangerous thing, same goes for internet, “it is always better to be safe and sound than repentant”.
In today’s society, ruled by insecurity, it was man, who invented this paradoxical way of reaching out without actually doing so, establishing a relationship without even giving the slightest part of oneself (which ultimately matters, that is), or ever trusting or sincerely being trusted as this is evidently almost impossible to achieve nowadays. Maybe soon, people will recognize the need for the human voice and the human touch once more. However, until then, one is stuck with Facebook or Fakebook – whatever you decide.