Before I start I just want to apologize for basically yelling at you in my last post. It wasn’t even really true anyway – I do care, and I do need someone reading this (even if I do only post once every six months…) Anyway, here you go. Finally, a post (hopefully one worth reading)!
Nowadays, when even eight-year-olds have Instagram and Snapchat, cyber-bullying, catfishing and similar things are becoming real problems. This means that it is important to always be cautious online – but some people would argue that you can be too cautious.
Here is my opinion on overcautiousness online – if you have thoughts on the matter I would be interested to hear them!
I have read and heard a lot of stories about people who weren’t cautious enough online, and about the consequences of that. These stories rather scared me, I have to admit, and I am now very careful about who I give out my information to. For example, I didn’t tell my online friends my name until I’d known them a week or two – and my name is a pretty common one, so it wouldn’t have made much difference (or any really).
I know that as well as all those people who have been hacked/cyberbullied/etc, there are also a lot of people who have made lots of online friends who they then (sometimes) went on to meet in real life and never had any problems. But this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be careful.
Online “overcautiousness” is something that I don’t believe is real – although I repeat this is only my opinion! I know there are plenty of people who might be put off by you not willing to give out information about yourself, and I have often wondered if me not doing so makes me seem like a catfish or a robot or something, but the fact is that there are people out there who will do bad things with your information. I am just trying to avoid them, and if the person I am talking to can’t understand that, well, I can’t explain it any better, so they’ll just have to either cope with it or stop talking to me.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this is my opinion. I’m sure there are people who are reading this and going “Of course online overcautiousness is a thing, what’s she talking about?” If you do have an opinion, please comment it! I would be really interested to find out what other people think about this topic.
Anyway, thank you for reading! I really appreciate my readers (though it may not seem like it sometimes) and I’m sorry that I haven’t posted in so long.
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