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    Does Social Networking dumb down society’s intelligence?

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    by tink! ·

    Or are people just ignorant to begin with?

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Divorce-lawyers-Facebook-tops-apf-97414753.html?x=0

    Seriously, are people really stupid enough to think that posting a picture of themselves doing something they’re not supposed to or being with someone they shouldn’t be with is NOT going to come back to haunt them?

    Posting online isn’t the same as handing out photo prints to all your friends, its like sending out a mass mailing of said photo prints to the world!

    People like this only prove the fact that society in general has lost much of its common sense, privacy awareness and overall intelligence. No wonder kids these days don’t have a clue about what not to post on their social networks, their parental units are completely clueless too!

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    • #2869720

      Pretty sure

      by maecuff ·

      In reply to Does Social Networking dumb down society’s intelligence?

      that humans, as a group, were already stupid. The social sites just give us a glimpse of how stupid they really are.

      I’m not excluding myself, I’ve had my moments of monumental stupidity. But still..the things that people will post are amazing. Dumbasses. I can’t feel too sorry for them. Not, at least, until they can be bothered to learn the definition of the word ‘consequences’.

    • #2869718

      Nah, people have always been stoopid.

      by charliespencer ·

      In reply to Does Social Networking dumb down society’s intelligence?

      Social networking just gives them a showcase to easily display it to large audiences.

      Like Mae, I too have done some truly idiotic things in my time, no small number of them unintentionally. What we’re seeing today is some sort of acceptance of making one’s mistakes semi-permanently available to the general public, instead of hoping no one else saw and that you won’t hear about it again. I’m not sure when celebrating the asinine replaced good ol’ basic shame, but I point to MTV’s ‘Real World’ as being the tipping point.

      • #2869552

        I think you’re right Palmie

        by tink! ·

        In reply to Nah, people have always been stoopid.

        Social Networking only reveals the stupidity which already existed within the people.

        • #2869544

          I have a problem with this…

          by ansugisalas ·

          In reply to I think you’re right Palmie

          From that news article, near the bottom: [i]They’re called privacy settings for a reason. Find them. Get to know them. Use them. Keep up when Facebook decides to change them.[/i]

          This advice is good. But, somehow, I find that of all places that it could be, this is the one where it’s misplaced. Sounds like wanting to help people keep custody of kids that they should so not have custody of.

          It just somehow seemed wrong.
          This is, after all, evolutiong showing it’s teeth. Shall we protect the criminally inane to the point that they take over the world? :p

        • #2869533

          I have a problem

          by charliespencer ·

          In reply to I have a problem with this…

          with you replying to maxwell’s ‘Goooal’ thread again, after it finally dropped off the bottom of the list and quit distorting the Discussions page for the first time this week. 🙁 🙂 🙁

        • #2869527

          Ahh…

          by ansugisalas ·

          In reply to I have a problem

          That one, mind my words, will be the new TEL.
          Dreaded.
          Awakening fear and loathing.
          Fear when it’s off the list, loathing when it’s on it.

        • #2869524

          My nominee

          by charliespencer ·

          In reply to Ahh…

          is the ‘Barrister Information Services’ whine-fest that pops up every few months.

        • #2868582

          Waitwaitwait

          by seanferd ·

          In reply to I have a problem with this…

          Shall we protect the criminally inane to the point that they take over the world?

          Maybe I didn’t get the memo, but has this not already happened? Has it not always been the case? (For the most part, anyway.)

        • #2868536

          Every once in a while…

          by ansugisalas ·

          In reply to Waitwaitwait

          there’s a purge.
          Unless we stop it. By warning people not to tick off the foolkiller.

    • #2869525

      of course it does Tink,

      by jaqui ·

      In reply to Does Social Networking dumb down society’s intelligence?

      and add in the aircars and we have social networking making it easy for people to kill themselves off, they being to stupid to know not to fly into a mountainside. 😉

      • #2869506

        So should we start a pool?

        by tink! ·

        In reply to of course it does Tink,

        On how fast after the 1st car is handed over, a vid of an idiot in an aircar crashing into a mountainside will be posted on YouTube?

    • #2868583

      Both!

      by seanferd ·

      In reply to Does Social Networking dumb down society’s intelligence?

      People are already incredibly stupid, but they also pick up bad habits from other stupid people. And FB lets them connect with an awful lot of other stupid people. FB makes it easier to do a whole collection of stupid things all at once in an easily accessible place as well.

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