Social network phobics, here a solution

Recently a lady announced to me that she hates Facebook. It came because I gave her my Facebook in order to communicate easily (according to my perspective.) Then she gave me several indications of how I should communicate with her, consisting in a complicated network with passwords and security codes, etc, etc. When I asked her why she could not use Facebook, she said that it is unsafe, that it is likely possible that FB sells her information to third parts and that she can be a victim of espionage!!!

Most people who complain about social networks use the same concepts. Of course, it is possible. One solution is simple: do not use Internet. If Facebook can be accused of selling your user data to third parts (notice that it is a hypothesis) and that it is the biggest network to spy on people, why Gmail, Yahoo, Twitter, Hotmail, Skype, Hi5!, CNN, BBC, Wikipedia and many other Internet big companies have not been doing the same? Even that complicate website with so many passwords and security codes, free of ads, etc, could sell your data to third parts, while spying on you. Why Visa or Mastercard could be less innocent? If you fall in that paranoia, you better do not use the Internet, because you could be a victim of espionage through WordPress while reading this post.

It is possible to live in a word without the Internet. Here in Cambodia, most people do not use Internet. The country still in the list of low Internet users. The number is growing thanks to the increase of education covert, but still much to do. Those who use technologies like the Internet are actually a minority in the planet. But this minority is, of course, very influential and it has the wrong conception that most people in the world have Internet access.

Then, it is easy to stop to use Internet if you think you are going to be a victim of espionage in order to sell your data to third parts that after will use it to send you commercial ads. Any Internet site, not just Facebook, could do it and it has the possibility of course.

But you will lost the opportunity to get information and even education through the Internet. Children and youth exposed to the Internet have the opportunity to handle a tool that put them in contact with other cultures, languages, news, online courses… things that were not possible 50 years ago. Internet is a big library that grows minute after minute. Therefore, in order to access to that library, as in any library, you need training and the development of an Internet culture.

Don’t put sensitive information on social networks. It is a very important rule and one among many other indications that guide you to the Internet experience. Using Facebook needs training, as much as you need training to use a computer, to drive a car or to learn a new language. In the Philippines, universities and colleges banned Facebook. Why? It would be better to include Facebook in the curriculum in order to teach the children and youth to use it in a formative way, instead to take so drastic decisions that reveals laziness instead of initiatives.

The bad is not the tool…

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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X39xwdGtVXI) and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (http://www.colombia.co/en/culture/colombians-that-are-making-this-a-better-world.html).

3 responses to “Social network phobics, here a solution”

  1. Pietro Hublitz says :

    She is right, Facebook has had an history regarding safeguard of privacy. The fact that its databases are accessible to Law Enforcement, Tax Dept. and other U.S. agencies is quite certain. There is also another danger: unattended minors should stay away from social networking due to the fact they could be approached by strangers with bad intentions. But remember that even innocent-looking websites like, say, Yahoo or other Internet stuff, like the popular browser Firefox and even Google Chrome do transmit information to their servers, the former planting tracking cookies which are not considered malware by the common antivirus software, the latter communicating with the Google huge search databases to get a glimpse on web-users’ favorite websites or browsing activity.
    But the question is : could the “Arabic awakening” ( leading to the elimination of dictatorships like it happened in Egypt or in Lybia) have happened without a massive use of social networking sites?
    Internet is a magnificent tool of information and culture sharing, and in the end it will ( I firmly believe so) bring more information and tolerance on this planet, if not global peace. Censorship of the Internet and of its great tools like Facebook, Twitter and the like, will mean only one thing: bringing back the world to the first half of the 20th century.

  2. BernieLuvsEllen says :

    Good advice.

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