Privacy is extinct!
It doesn’t exist anymore and we’ve killed it ... or social media killed it. No matter how you slice it, it’s gone! We used to cling to it, we used to value it and now those deep secrets, those skeletons in the closet, have become our profile pictures!
Don’t get me wrong -- technology is a wonderful thing; I’m a huge fan of it. But let’s face it, it’s tracking our every move. If you’re not on top of everything, the technologies you use will divulge something you don’t want it to divulge. Simple example: You’re out of town on a quick weekend getaway, just you and the misses or mister. Now because it’s a quick getaway you don’t want to involve your Aunt Matilda who lives 15 minutes from where you’re staying. It’s not that you don’t love your Aunt Matilda it’s just that you want to spend some quality time with the spousal unit. So here’s the catch -- you can’t resist the urge to pull out your smart phone and tell the world about the wonderful meal you had in this quaint little restaurant and that’s when it happens! You post and your phone uncovers your location for all of Facebook (or social media) to see, including Aunt Matilda who was uploading yet another picture of her cat Mittens wearing a pumpkin hat with the caption "Happy Fall." Now Aunt Matilda posts right to your wall for the world to see: "You’re only 15 minutes away, so let’s do lunch." Your party is over, your privacy non-existent and all because you posted something.
Years ago during a test drive I noticed an Onstar button. This would be the first time I completely understood how traceable we all are. I reached up to hit the blue button to check out the service, but I hit a bump and I unwittingly hit the red button instead. I only realized this when the operator picked the phone up and barked out my exact location and asked what my emergency was. I quickly explained that there was no emergency and that I had hit the button by accident, but inquired how she knew exactly where I was. She explained GPS tracking to me. I could no longer hide! For a few years following that, as the car companies and GPS hammered things out, I would constantly read about how cheating spouses were caught simply because someone would call to report the vehicle stolen so it would be tracked by GPS. First things first -- if you’re cheating, leave technology home or, better yet, don’t cheat. Second thing is, you no longer need to purchase a car for this to happen.
Map My Run is an application that I use when I go out on my runs or my bike rides. It uses GPS technology and will literally follow me, tells me how far I’ve traveled and how long it took me. If you’re training for events it’s really good information. But if you’re not, then it’s still fun but you need to know that unless you change your settings this app will send a text message to those who follow you that you’re out exercising! Then they can log onto the website and find out exactly where you are, how far away from your house you are and borrow your lawn mower without asking! It’s always important to go through these things and change settings before you deploy them into action. Especially because those pieces of technology that do these things automatically announce that you’re not home and your TV is located in the den! You see what I’m saying?
Ladies and gentlemen, privacy lived a good life. While we had it, it was nice, often allowing us the time and space we needed to regroup ourselves so we could re-approach a situation with clear thoughts. But alas, it is gone, much like the dinosaurs that once wandered our planet only to fall into the tar pits and be reconstructed thousands of years later and put on display at museums for us to ... Well, frankly, snap a selfie with the bones in the background, shoot it up to Facebook with the caption "Hangin’ with Dino," and tagged Museum of Nation History -- NY, NY! #WhatTheHellisUpWithThat?