In honor of my technology midterm tomorrow, this week I decided to watch a TED talk that related to technology. My TED talk is one that relates to probably everyone, and its about social media and what we publish on the internet. I don’t think I’m the only one whose guilty of posting something without thinking about what it actually is, whether it be a stupid picture or a certain comment that I shouldn’t have. But what many of us may not think of is what happens to all that data, and how does it effect us and our future?
When listening to the TED talk, the one thing that really captured my attention was when Juan Enriquez mentioned the idea of “electronic tattoos” (TIME: 1:05-1:21) In this part of the clip he mentions that with every single thing we decide to post on the internet, we create this electronic tattoo for ourselves. Everything that we publish stays on the internet, and therefore stays with us and our image–its like a permanent tattoo that’s on the internet instead of our bodies. But unlike having a tattoo on your body, an electronic tattoo never dies, even if we do. It leaves an everlasting legacy that will always be on the internet for all to see.
So the question is, after hearing that is anyone afraid about what their electronic tattoo may show about you? Are there Facebook photos or tweets that you now wish you may not have posted or have in your profiles? Our generation is so involved with the internet, but we often don’t think about or are aware of the consequences that come with being so into technology. Truth is while technology may be wonderful, it does have its dangers. Personally I try not to have photos tagged of me on Facebook or tweet things that may impose a bad image on myself, but sometimes that’s not in my control, lets say if someone tags me in a picture. Sure I can untag myself, but that picture never really leaves the internet–its there forever, as is the electronic tattoo. I think all of us need to be a little more careful with what we say, do, and search on the internet because although it seems like nothing, most of what we do is now monitored and come back to us rather easily. All of this leaves me to wonder, what exactly does my electronic tattoo say and reveal about me, and would I be okay with or upset with it?
I also hope I left enough spacing between my paragraphs this time…