So, you’re in love. You’re feeling frisky and you text a naked photo to your boyfriend…or you post sexy pictures of yourself on Facebook, or impulsive videos of yourself on YouTube. Well, you may find out later that was a mistake.
Did you know that:
- 57% of single women have sexted and,
- 69% of women dating have sent a naked photo via email or text
Folks, anything you do in cyberspace, stays in cyberspace. In the moment things like this may seem like a fun idea. But, the one drawback of the Internet today is the permanace of every action. Things in film, text, video are immortalized for life. They don’t go away. And, while you may be desperately in love one day, you’re one life altering argument from an ex taking his or her revenge by posting your texts or photos online for the world to see.
Today’s technologies seem to have made people more impulsive. You can post the harshest comments around the web anonymously. We mistakenly think there’s privacy in the use of mobile phones. It’s also super easy to use these technologies to get attention…they can even be addicting. But, while the temptation for this kind of in-the-moment fun is great…it’s important to remember that today employers are searching on your name before they hire you. They also frequently look you up on Facebook, Twitter and search for you on YouTube. So, those quick moments of fun could cost you a job, a promotion or the admiration of a boss or mentor….or even worse, a potentail mate who will be turned off to find your exploits online.
So, don’t be a Weiner (ha ha)…be smart about your use and consumption of social media technologies.
Have you ever sexted or regretted something you’ve put out there in cyberspace?
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