I like the internet, but I acknowledge that it's not perfect. The ability for everyone to be the invisible man allows for a lot of injustice, bullying, harassment, and stalking to take place. This is slowly starting to change, however, thanks to every website gradually forcing people to link to their facebook (or other social media equivalent) accounts. No one wants to lose their personal social outlets as a result of the stuff they were doing elsewhere on the web, if you know what I mean. But... with all good things there are some bad things.
I don't know if it's just me, but I'm getting really creeped out how by how much everything is getting connected these days. Nearly every website asks me to post about stuff on facebook or twitter or reddit or whatever. Many websites don't even have personal accounts anymore and just have you link your social media accounts instead. And all of them want to update everyone on your every move 24/7.
And that's what's bothering me. I don't want everyone to know what I'm doing 24/7. I don't want to log into my computer and have half a dozen people around the world receive a notification that I am "live." I don't want everything I google or watch on YouTube to be seen by everyone around me. I don't want to write superficial status updates for other people to like or tweet about. I don't like the weird social issues that result when people DON'T like or tweet your superficial status updates. I don't like every game I play requiring online features or forcing me to play with people I don't want to play with.
I know that there are usually privacy settings you can set, but soon those are gonna disappear too. How often have you seen facebook or YouTube update with some new feature no one knows about until it's too late? The new hip is being connected to everyone around you, and it's uncool to be disconnected in any way. But I think there's something to be said for being allowed to be invisible for a little bit. Sometimes getting away from everyone around me is how I relax and enjoy life, and that's becoming increasingly more difficult to pull off.
All these attempts to constantly connect my life are just making me socially anxious and freaked out. That's not improving the quality of my life, internet. Stop it. If i'm always connected to everyone around me, and everyone can see every little thing I do no matter how private I think it's suppose to be... where's my ME time?
When am I able to just be alone?
Reading: The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia
Watching: Doctor Who