Facebook and Internet socializing has become so routine it’s sometimes hard to imagine life without it.
I’m not saying that’s good or bad; it’s just a fact. I honestly don’t know what socializing would become if Facebook and other forms of instant communication suddenly became obsolete. Maybe it would regress to when people actually spoke more in person than online, but who knows?
Having said that, I think it’s important to realize the social importance of our Facebook profiles (for those of us who use them). Once we take into account that our online presence is simply an extension of our actual personalities, the concept of “Facebook creeping” becomes much more understandable and far less, well, creepy.
I believe the way people present themselves offers insight into the kind of people they are. And if you boil that idea down, a Facebook profile is a cyber-representation of who we are. For example, if your Facebook has music pages “liked” including Pitbull, Creed, One Direction, or any unfortunate combination of the three, I’m going to infer you have questionable taste in music.
As it appears to me, if music was important to you, then you’d be more careful about what you publicly declare interest in. If you think I’m wrong, I invite you to find and “like” a page titled “Satanism,” or something equally shocking, and try to avoid the bombarding judgments and concerns from close friends and family online.
Of course, when it comes to strangers creeping on you, that all depends on your privacy settings, which I might recommend ought to be strict anyway. I’m not suggesting people should judge one another based on surface information from a website alone, but I do believe there is some value to looking into the implications of how we present ourselves online.