Social Media is Our Big Brother

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Is Big Brother is watching you?

Of course not.

We’re not living in 1984.

We’re not living in a world where other people know where we are every second of every day. Where the Thought Police crucify you for things you say or do. Or where your friends and neighbours are just waiting for the chance to turn on you.

Or are we?

They don’t need to take constant photos of us if we do it ourself and upload them instantly.

They don’t need to track us, we track ourselves: constantly posting our location, whether on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

Intimate details of our lives are displayed on social media for the world to see: our hobbies, our friends, our partners, our pets, our children.

We share everything with everyone, from the clothes that we wear to the food we eat, nothing is safe.

Maybe you disagree. “But Hannah,” you might say. “We’re choosing to give out that information, it doesn’t count.”

Exactly. “It doesn’t count.”

We give away copious amount of personal information and don’t think twice about it.

Because we’re addicts. We’re addicted to the notification chime. To likes. To re-tweets. To follows from strangers.

No one has to force us to hand over our lives or our thoughts or our phones because we do it willingly to feel a rush.

I’m not condemning social media, I’m still planning on posting selfies and tweeting about Star Wars, I’m just saying we need to remember that the internet is public. Everything you post can and will be held against you.

So, is Big Brother watching?

Probably not.

But everybody else is.