TMI- New Technology Edition

June 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

Your friend is having a burrito down the street, your boss is eating at the pizzaria in the next town over, and your ex is at home, watching TV.

How do you know all of this? Enter: the age of obsessive self-tracking

It seems like now more than ever, with the invention of tracking apps on most smart phones and tracking-based social networks like Foursquare, people are becoming familiar with, if not overly eager, to report their every move.

It is so common that the life stages of your Foursquare addiction have been officially defined.

So what’s the problem with that? Well, first of all, you are completely opening yourself up to being stalked, but at this point, most individuals in our exhibitionist society are simply asking for it.

Oh, and you are completely opening yourself up to some unexpected visitors

“I would like to thank you for your latest post on Foursquare- while you were out at the pub, I stole me a nice laptop. That is, your laptop.”

“oh!” you say “now who would ever do that to me?”

Oh, nobody. We all just run on a trust system here.

So what’s a Foursquare addict like myself to do? Shut down my account? Live under a rock for the rest of my life and avoid all human contact?

“Ahh- it looks just like home”

Nope, neither, because they are both horrible ideas and require cutting away from a social network many of us have come to rely on.

So what do do?

What I have done, at least, is to remove automatic posting from sites like Facebook and Twitter where strangers can more accessibly see where you are at ay time.

And I promise this won’t cause them to miss out on your all-important life update, because really, no matter how interesting you think getting smashed at the bar at midnight is, not everybody really cares.


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