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December 02, 2016
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Social networking: The good, the bad and the ugly

On one hand, I appreciate this strategy, since my page often informs me of a great getaway bargain, a hitherto unknown resource for recreation, or a new novel that appeals to my sensibilities. On the other hand, my personal information is being shared on a constant basis with companies that I’m not keen on having access to my privacy. Even in the internet world, there are two sides to every computer-generated coin.

Quote: C.B. from Smallwood, NY writes that “I am getting annoyed with all of the ‘hacking.’ My Facebook account has received bogus posts about a free computer—and just yesterday I was approached about purchasing internet porn. I don’t like that at all.”

Whether we choose to participate or not, the world of social networking is growing in leaps and bounds. Of course we have the choice to not engage, but there are aspects beyond our control. If we use the internet for any purpose: to research a good hotel, buy a lipstick, or just look at videos on YouTube, that information is being archived somewhere and sometimes, bought and sold. Using caution seems prudent, but I, for one, will continue to enjoy my own brand of on-line networking (good, bad and ugly), being the social butterfly that I am.

Quote: K.L. from Wurtsboro, NY sums it up by writing that “I love being able to reconnect with old friends (in one place) and seeing the pictures that friends share—but I think that some people share way too much information that can be potentially harmful in a variety of ways.”