I was reading with keen interest today about how the antics of children give away their parents’ unknown wealth and land them into trouble.
As we explained, for many years we have kept our travel handprint writings private and had only succumbed to the allure of social media late last year. We explained that technology is heralding an era of narcissism unseen in the history of mankind. The rise and continued use of social media for sharing has seemingly spawned an entire generation of adults “addicted” to self adulation and/or peer approval + acceptance.
They don’t make teenagers like they use to
That makes us sound old. But the point of this post is : people seem to want sharing so much about themselves (what they do, achieve, want, think etc) that the word privacy does not seem to exist in the vocabulary of the language that they use. We seem to be the laggards around here. Btw, English as a language has evolved so much in the last decade that even venerable dictionaries of the world had incorporated many social media speak.
As we type and upload, our digital handprint grows.
And that gives you away
It does not come as a surprise that as young teenagers post about their jaunts on the family yacht in the Bahamas (or some other exotic locale), that they implicate their parents. Especially if their parents are embroiled in some form of legal or tax situation with the authorities. Some examples have surfaced where tax avoiding individuals were busted because posts in social media revealed critical clues for investigative sleuths.
We should have all heard about how employees were found out by their employers to be faking medical leave through their facebook posts. It’s hard to write and post consistently onto the web (heck its worse at work), but be careful lest you share too much. You never know what it could be misrepresented and used against you. Beware your digital handprint!
And that applies to all of us…