Facebook creeping is wrong

By Anthony Szudarski

While we don’t like to admit to it, I’m sure that almost all of us have “Facebook creeped” on someone before. And the reason many of us feel bad about doing it is because we know it was the wrong thing to do.

Think about it for a minute: How many times have you been on Facebook late at night and liked something without thinking, or posted something that you later regretted and deleted? Would you like to be judged based upon sleepless night philosophical statuses? I know that I don’t.

Granted, the argument can always be made that you have control of your privacy settings and what people outside your friends list can see on your profile. But let’s face it, we’ve all accepted that friend request from someone we don’t quite know but have a number of mutual friends with us.

Beside, even if we don’t accept that request, you can’t control what other people post about you just like you can’t control what other people say about you. By creeping on someone’s Facebook profile you’re ruining the chance for that person to give a good first impression, and I don’t think that’s fair.

If you look at my Facebook profile you’ll see that I’ve liked tons of Doctor Who pictures and posts along with other “dorky” things. That doesn’t mean that all I talk about is the Doctor and random things I find on Imgur. Just like if someone posts a random quote by Nietzsche, it doesn’t mean that person is deep. Sometimes people just want to share something that they find appealing.

So the next time you want to learn a little about someone, why don’t you try just talking to them before you go creep on their profile? I’m sure you’ll learn something much more valuable that way, rather than make gross assumptions from just one status.