Question:  Would you ever leave your front door open and invite passersby the right to roam through?  Caveat being that of course they can’t take anything, but they should feel free to camp out and see what’s going on?  Maybe watch you and your significant other have a huge argument (again) about whether football is more important than family board game time?  Possibly the make-up session in the bedroom later?  How about sitting and chatting with your kids about school, their friends or if they have ever kissed a member of the same sex?

No?  I thought not.  Which is why I find it utterly fascinating the number of people who have little difficulty exposing their lives on MySpace or Facebook.  Now, I know what you’re going to say – “You can control the access by controlling who your friends are…”  True.  But who here only wants to have the same 9 friends? 

It becomes almost a competition to suddenly find yourself with 82 friends, three of whom are famous thank-you-very-much, and endless strangers trying to add you to their cool list.  As time passes, you relax and start responding to all the random conversational leads on your page until one day you look back and realize that with very little effort a total stranger could find out enough about your life to ruin it.

Or maybe you’re not that paranoid.  I am.  I read the news and see some terrible things.  I always wonder, “How did he / she know enough about them to do that?”  Sometimes we just let people in, but other times they take the back door.

What did we do without these sites before?  Pick up the phone, visit, send a letter – send an email?  But I haven’t seen them in 20 years… and maybe there’s a reason for that.  For every 100 happy reunions I’m sure there’s probably not even one unhappy reunion, right?  So what’s the worry? 

Maybe there isn’t one, but human nature is pretty predictable and history shows that where information is available there is always someone waiting to abuse it.

Signed,

Anonymous

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