There are many disadvantages, harmful effects and dangers of social networking. You can be spied, your information can be stolen and used against you, and the social networking website you use can become cause of a trouble for you that you can't even image. Read on and find out how you can be spied, watched, tracked, trapped and attacked.
Your Employer Can Spy On You
No matter your boss is good with you or not, he/she can anytime spy on you. He may spy on you to know what you have been doing during weekends and weekdays. Whether you have been to the place on date and time or not where your boss asked you to go? Do you keep good or bad company of friends? What is your marital status? Did you go to hospital or were in a party when you asked the boss permission to take half-day off for your hospital appointment?
Your Friends Can Spy On You
Your friends can spy on you to see what's new with you? Where you are traveling? What do you possess? They may even look at your personal info like age, marital status, etc., to find out about you that you haven't told them about. They can see your and your family pictures that you do not want to show to everyone.
Your Spouse Can Spy on You
There have been many examples where spouses decide to divorce each other because he or she found something unexpected on the spouse's social media site. Maybe your husband has posted his picture with a female colleague on a coffee table. This may be just an official meeting but this may put doubt in your mind about your husband. Maybe husband find out a picture of her wife with some boys. Maybe they were just colleagues or they had no relation with your wife whatsoever but these things become cause of troubles unnecessarily, because your spouse could easily spy on you on a social media site. Statistics tell us that a large number of divorces are occurring due to Facebook. I recommend you to read Is Facebook a Marriage Killer
Your Enemies Can Spy On You
Your enemies are always looking at your profile, your timeline to find out all they can know about you. They can watch you very closely, trap and then attack you easily. Enemies are always looking for an opportunity when you post something publicly whether on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus or any other such site. Even one post or picture update can give them hint about you and enable them to watch you more closely and easily. If you have a Business Page on Facebook, they can post inappropriate images on your Page timeline. They can even hire an IT hacker to hack into your account to find all information about you to easily find out about you, your family, your job, etc, so that they can trap you in their plan or predatory scheme, easily.
What About the Privacy Features?
It is true that you can choose what to show on your social media site and what not to. However, there are always something that you publish publicly, which anyone can see. Moreover, in Facebook for instance, your profile picture and cover page are always visible to everyone, hence anyone can see where you've been or how you have been and any other information from your published pictures.
Furthermore, if your enemy is a friend with your friend on Facebook, and your privacy is to show your posts/images to 'Friends of Friends' then your enemy can easily see all your posts. Enemies easily become friend with one of your friends on Facebook. They can send your friend a friend request from a fake female account for example, and such friend requests are rarely ignored by men. Other than these, there are many more possibilities for others to see your posts/images/etc. on social media sites.
In Final Words
Social Networking websites have advantages as well as disadvantages. The level these websites have benefits to its users, to the same level they have drawback.
Every day, many people join Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other such sites, they should be aware of privacy issues and they should be taught how to make their posts private and the ways others can see their information and how to prevent this from happening.
These were dangers, harmful effects and disadvantages of Social Networking. Do you use any Social Networking website? Did you ever have a problem with your privacy, were you ever spied, did you ever come in any problem? Share your experience with others in the comments section below.
Further recommended readings for you:
- Top 6 Dangers of Facebook
- Main Mistakes That Can Get Your Facebook Account Hacked
- Disadvantages of Facebook on Teens and Students
- Top Things One Should Never Do on Facebook When in Relationship