Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pininterest etc. – the list goes on and on. Instead of going out with friends and spending quality time with family at home, several people choose instead to connect in the virtual realm without any real conversation or human contact. More people are connecting, interacting and even communicating via social networks.

My question is: Whatever happened to a good old phone conversation or letter?

The formation of social networks has seen a decrease in face-to-face communication and I think it’s actually quite sad.

Having said that, I definitely don’t look down on online socialising! Being on social networks is great as it allows people to connect over long distances. It can also help a lot of people with political messages, complaints and raising awareness on certain issues. However there is also a deep, dark side to it. We all remember a few years ago a bunch of young people advertised an open-for-all party on Facebook and invited all their “friends” (all from Facebook). Hoards of random people turned up and the unfortunate parents who were vacationing at the time returned to a place that was completely ransacked.

There is something such as too much information and a lot of people don’t know when to stop sharing information with people and they give their personal and private details to complete strangers. This poses a safety risk to both themselves and as well as their loved ones.

There is no doubt we live in a technical age however there are some things you must never forget when it comes to online security such as:

  • Don’t give out any personal information online as people may use it to contact you when you don’t want them to.
  • Your real name or your friends’ names
  • Your home, school or email address
  • Your home or mobile phone numbers
  • A photo of yourself
  • Your parents’ bank or credit card details

These are all small things, however, they could not only save you a lot of hassle but perhaps in some cases your life, too.