With all of the texts we have been reading, it makes me wonder more and more what is available about ourselves on the internet. I believe we are in the age of the internet. More and more people resort to the internet to find out information, rather than referring to a book, article, newspaper, or even a person as a source for information and answers. So what do we do when we want to find out information on a certain individual? We look up their Facebooks. Facebook might as well be called Creepbook. Once something is on the internet it can never be erased (contrary to what people believe).
Not many people take advantage of the privacy setting Facebook offers, and it could become detrimental to themselves in the future. If you do not take the effort to make your cellphone number private on Facebook, did you know you know anyone can find that? I did not know that until someone told me my number was on Facebook... I did not even add it to the information, it was just on there because I access my Facebook from my cellphone. If you type in a random persons name, you can look at their pictures, see what city they live in, where they go to school, and anything else they make available upon their page. You have to make a serious effort to make all of these things blocked, but many people do not take the effort and realize the danger that outs themselves into.
Not only is your information out there to complete strangers; but future employers look up potential employees as well. Looking up an applicants Facebook is just as common as looking up an applicants criminal record. If an employee looks up your Facebook and sees pictures of you drinking, using vulgar language, and posting inappropriate things... does that look professional? Is that someone you would want representing your company, teaching your children, or treating you medically?
All of this information we are putting on the internet for the world to see may be ruining our generations chances for potential jobs and putting our safety at risk? So is Facebook and networking sites detrimental?