As a vehement privacy advocate, I think it’s odd that I’m saying this, but there are some things about ourselves that shouldn’t have to be private. I’m sure there are several other examples like this, but after reading this article here, I have something specific in mind. Women have babies. It’s an exciting truth of existence and it happens everywhere all the time. It’s the sort of thing that is difficult to keep to yourself and most people can at least be happy for you when you tell them. It’s appalling that some employers could see that a woman has a baby and let that realization affect whether they would hire her and how much they would pay her.
Photos just make it far too easy to make quick judgments of people. I know I don’t have very many pictures on Facebook and the ones I have certainly wouldn’t paint a clear picture of who I am. Plus, photos aren’t inherently real. There are some that are just awkward or Photoshopped to better than the reality. So I’m not sure if I think that I should put up photos that reflect who I am or if I should just avoid putting up photos at all. Decisions, decisions.
As a side note, apparently social media has a growing role in medical information. Consumers head there to get questions answered among other things. You can read the Los Angeles Times article about it here.