Thursday, 2 June 2011

Should people make more of an effort to keep things private?

People should make more of an effort to keep factors of their life private. For example when you see some people on Facebook updating about what they had for breakfast. I do not think we need to know that isn't them truly expressing themselves however that seems to be what they think they are doing. You shouldn't express yourself via the internet it should be what you do in certain situations and how you do it that express who you are.

Today, many seem to not to want to keep some mystery about them. In addition, the internet does make this difficult as all you have to do is 'Google' somebody and you can find out where they live, work, what their hobbies are and even who their family are. Initially, the fact you can find this information so easily is incredibly scary. Also it takes away the mystery of meeting someone and getting to know them when you can flick through their Facebook pictures and find out what they wore last Christmas. We expect people to respect our privacy but then we go and post all our details, this makes us hypocrites. I understand not everyone may do this but the majority do, if you post pictures on the internet, put your name and number anywhere you are giving away your privacy.

Even the governments cannot respect our privacy. They put security cameras on every corner, in every building. Understandably they prevent and solve crimes but as a result it removes our privacy. Also, it is a huge factor in being a 'nanny state' where we no longer have any privacy or the freedom to make decisions. They should respect our privacy and trust their people.

However, should they respect our privacy if we think we have the right to know about their private lives? For example, we know all about Arnold Schwarzenegger's love child but should we be privy to this information it doesn't affect is ability to do his jobs. Also football players are a good example as many of them have affairs but it doesn't affect how they play. Why do we know intimate details of their life? Why do we feel we have the right to it? We wouldn't want everyone in our street knowing details like that let alone wanting it to be common knowledge internationally. We should respect their privacy as long as it does not affect how they act publicly.

In conclusion, even though the media may not respect some individual's privacy and the governments may take ours as a bi-product of protecting us people should make more of an effort to keep some factors of their life private. As I said at the beginning people should retain some mystery and express themselves truly by what they do and how they do it. Yet, they may feel free to express themselves by telling us about their breakfast if it is a humorous anecdote or an interesting metaphor.


  1. This article made by day. You have to work on your punctuation skills though :) GOOD LUCK <3

  2. being publicly helps us really in most of the situations such as : when we say that we feel sympathetic towards orphans, its like letting people what we feel. Moreover, nowadays ppl are in acting in such a situation that when we dont express ourselves out, they make up their minds that we dont have any inner feelings as we dont express them out genuinely.

  3. ^ letting people know
    ^ppl are in such a situation

  4. this is a good note on the issue of privacy..i totally agree, go online to chat and then you see;i had tea for breakfast,i just got abillion dollars etc this cuold put your life in the open.ppl shld really be more private.