. Here you are - your life outlined in a one page profile, with your interests, likes and dislikes, pictures, friends all organized neatly in hierarchal categories in that all-too-familiar white and blue template layout. You are in control of your own page, a master of your own Facebook destiny. You can choose how much or how little you want to reveal about yourself, choose different privacy levels so that only your friends can view your more private moments captured on camera - your privacy is at your own fingertips, molded and shaped at your own will. At least, that's what you would like to think anyway. Here are some ways in which Facebook can meddle with our lives and jeopardize and soil our reputations, whether we take precautions or not:
1. With Facebook, like with any other social networking tools, whatever you choose to post online can never be entirely private. The first negative effect that Facebook can have on your life is, to some capacity, a result of your own doing. Whether of a direct or an indirect action, undesirable information about us can spill beyond the boundaries of chosen privacy settings and end up in the hands of a third party.
Let's explore this phenomenon a little further. Say you were twenty one and in college, going out on a town with a bunch of your close friends, cameras and shots of tequila in hand. The pictures taken during this fateful night do not have to be R-rated to jeopardize your future employment opportunities, should a prospective job recruiter come upon them while doing a Facebook search. With employers utilizing this social networking tool as a background checker in increasing numbers, the pictures from years ago that may not even define the person that you are today can make you out to be an alcoholic and an out-of-control partier.
Or say you posted some slightly risque pictures of yourself under strict privacy settings, so that only the closest of your friends can have...