According to today’s Herald Sun, prince Harry claims to ‘really quite hate’ twitter as a result of the invasion of his privacy in which it causes. However, forgive me if I’m alone on this one but doesn’t being second in line for the thrown kind of go hand in hand with a relatively public life? Yet, irrespective of who you are, or what you’re destined to become, putting yourself online, whether it be through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or even the old fashioned Hotmail is something that is undeniably permanent. Although private settings are available on most social networking sites, when something is put onto the internet, it will stored somewhere, somehow deep in the various portals that the internet holds.
I personally believe, if you are going to put something on the internet then you are consciously choosing to allow other people to view this. It seems unfair to claim that social networking sites are an invasion of privacy when their fundamental purpose is to connect yourself with others. Why make a tweet if you don’t want people to read your opinion? Why upload a photo if you don’t want people to see what you look like? Why tags yourself at a location if you don’t want people to know where you are? Perhaps it’s a positive thing that the generations of today are becoming less private and more open to sharing themselves to new people. Comment below if you feel that with the immense presence of social media in our everyday lives is effecting our sense of personal privacy.