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    5. You “stalk” people online

    Unlike selfies, “stalking” still has dirty connotations with it. Yet on Facebook you’re pretty much doing it the moment you log in. The ticker scrolls by what some of your friends are talking about, liking, listening to, and so on. The news feed shows everything they’re posting about themselves. And nobody necessarily knows that you are paying attention to all that right this moment.

    Of course though, when people refer to stalking on Facebook they really mean going directly to a person’s Timeline and sifting through it, looking at pictures, and so forth. The difference is kind of slim, but either way, if you’re on Facebook, you’re probably doing it.

    That said, this isn’t necessarily as dirty as it sounds. If you were added as a given person’s friend then there is after all an implicit understanding that you have the permission to see everything they post, and look at their profile. A lot of people even find this flattering. So perhaps “stalking” isn’t the right word for it, but it’s probably something you didn’t do before Facebook. You couldn’t just visit a page and have a gold mine of information about someone right there. So perhaps that’s the ticket; you didn’t do it because you couldn’t, and it turns out that as soon as you could, you did!

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    2 comments
    1. Redjiedine

      24 May, 2015 at 3:04 pm

      Well said. I don’t like the connotation of stalking as well. People post things publicly, it’s fair game, anyone can read it.

      Reply
    2. jestrylprado

      2 February, 2015 at 3:16 am

      pleas open my acount

      Reply
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