Social Networking

Who’s Watching You Online?

Over the years, I’ve written about the perils of young people (high schoolers and college students) being careless about what they post on the Internet about themselves. This applies mainly to the wonderful world of social media, Facebook, mainly. In a recent post, I noted, “I call Facebook The Home of Dirty Laundry. I do ...

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Exposing Yourself Online

Contrary to what Captain Kirk says at the beginning of every Star Trek episode, space is not the final frontier. Privacy is. Why? Social media. The big offender in this arena is Facebook, of course. I call Facebook The Home of Dirty Laundry. I do that with good reason. Facebook seems to satisfy people’s desire ...

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Social Isolation

I do a lot of driving. One of my endearing habits is studying the faces of those heading in the opposite direction and those beside and behind me at intersections. Over the past couple years or so, I’ve noticed what I consider to be a disturbing trend. You have probably seen this phrase in the ...

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Deep in The Heart of Texting

The trend in the way young people communicate is fascinating, if not annoying and even dangerous. I went for a walk the other day on a quiet residential street. Behind me, I heard a loud-muffler car approaching. As it passed me, I saw the high-school-aged driver texting on his cell phone. He wasn’t going that ...

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Smartphones on Campus

I get tons of news releases, no doubt inspired by this blog’s connections across the Web. I had to chuckle at the news release (highlighted below) that I received yesterday. It addresses the issue of the increasing use of smartphones by college students. If you are a high school senior (or the parent of one), ...

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Are You A Two-Faced Facebooker?

I’ve posted before about admissions officers exploring applicants’ Facebook pages. Sometimes that’s good news and other times it’s not so good news. My personal opinion is that admissions officers don’t have enough time in their days to check out a ton of applicants on Facebook. The numbers are just too overwhelming. However, I do have ...

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Summertime and Social Media

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. That’s what George Gershwin said. So, how easy has your livin’ been this summer so far? Granted, most high schoolers and college students these days have been working summer jobs to help defray some of those actual or anticipated astronomical college costs, not to mention the cost of gasoline ...

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Holiday Precautions Online

Its official, the holidays are here. From holiday parties to family get-togethers, season’s greetings end up as much online as they do in person. This is especially true for students during the holiday downtime. Before you go posting those festive photos on Facebook or trading stories on Twitter, make sure you’re protecting your online reputation. ...

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Privacy: The Final Frontier

The West Wing was a superior TV drama series that ran from 1999 to 2006. I was a big fan and watched all the episodes a couple times and may even revisit them again. One particularly memorable scene for me involved a discussion in the Oval Office about the surging technological pace. One of the ...

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Life Without Twitter!

The horror . . . the horror . . . Try to imagine if you possibly can, living without knowing what your best friends had for lunch, or even what they were thinking while checking their ears for ear wax. It’s almost beyond comprehension how anyone could live without such vital, life-sustaining information. Such is ...

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