Facebook stalking is so common now a days, that I actually think its offensive if someone takes you out without doing some ”online research.” It is kind of like going into a job interview and asking the employer to tell you about the company.
But the social media world can also go too far when it takes the information that is at our finger tips and lets us use it to put people under our thumbs. A good friend was away two weekends ago and was uploading photos and commenting about the fun he was having.
Fast forward 3 hours later and he gets a text from a girl he has been casually seeing asking him what he was doing. He responded that he was at the Jersey Shore and she commented back “OMG me too!”
Coincidence? He thinks not. FourSquare, the mobile GPS that lets you check in to locations is also propelling this trend. A good girlfriend recently checked into a bar and was shocked when an ex walked in shortly thereafter. He said he was in the neighborhood, saw she was there and wanted to say, “hi.” That night she earned the socially awkward badge.
I hate to be a romanTECH pessimist but according to the New York Observer’s report on research released this week from Forester 80% of Foursquare users are educated white males – wait isn’t that the same profile as a serial killer? OK, I am praying that people continue to use this technology for good and not evil. The last thing we need is a CSI episode based on a girl that checked in one too many times before checking out for good. What do we think?