This week I came across a TED Talk which really stuck with me and made me go to my room and put my tin foil hat on. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an over exaggeration but still it made me stop and think and I suspect it will make you do the same. It’s a bit long at 9 minutes, but if I told you that you might be revealing how much you trust the people around you just by clicking on a Facebook page about a completely unconnected topic…maybe you’ll think it’s worth watching.
The thing that really stuck with me from this video wasn’t the target pregnancy story (I’d heard that before), but the idea that an off topic Facebook page could reveal more about me then I’d know (possibly incorrectly).
It also made me realize that all those articles and headlines which annoy me on Facebook are probably there thanks to my own actions of liking similar articles on related topics. If I hadn’t liked them in the past, Facebook wouldn’t recommend them to me [well it might still recommend some but not as many]. Maybe you are in a similar situation there.
I think there are some really big implications, especially for people involved in youth work, after all, you need to help educate children about what their activity on Social media may reveal about themselves, even things which seem completely innocent might reveal a lot when taken in context of other actions.