No matter how open some would call themselves to be, we all love to have our privacy respected to an extent in terms of personal effects like phones and computers. Thus, one must tread cautiously when scanning through one’s electronic device because you might find something strange or perhaps shocking. You might be tempted to form a perception about the person based on what you discover which might not exactly be true-there could be a reasonable explanation for that. (No) thanks to auto-download media feature on some social media group chats, one could discover a file and wonder how it came about.
Those with smartphones, you know how goofy you can sometimes be with your selfie sessions. Some are funnily silly, others are pretty embarrassing. And I hear there’s an X-rated version of that called ‘nude-fie.’ Imagine my shock upon hearing that from young teens. Makes me wonder how helpful it is giving such advanced gadgets to immature teens to explore the world unsupervised.
Personally, I’m not much of a photo fan so I hardly take photos of myself except on rare days when I’m suddenly in the ‘mood’. And with what I’ve left undeleted, there’s nothing naughty or dirty that would warrant me panicking if my parents were to chance upon them.
However, since I’m an avid reader and curious to find out more about what I don’t know about almost everything, my search could sometimes lead me to interesting sites and webpages and sometimes I’ve to stop myself and backtrack to the beginning of my search as I get sidetracked into delving deep into something I wasn’t even looking for. It could be a phrase I heard in a movie or read in a book, or a scenario I found puzzling or one I plan to include in a story I’m working on that would send me on a search cruise online. More than once, I have had to shut it down because the info was more than I had bargained for.
So between the two, I’d rather my parents see my photo gallery than for them to see my browser history as that would require a lot of explanation, which I doubt they would understand. Let me add that, just as curiosity could be healthy to gain knowledge, when unguarded, it could be very dangerous.
What about you? Which one would you be comfortable letting your parents, spouse or friends see and why? Kindly share your thoughts.
© Josephine Amoako 2017
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