Sometimes I worry that by writing so personally, I am opening myself up to cyberstalkers. It’s pretty easy to Google someone’s name and get all of their personal info. But why would anyone bother?
With the scourge of short attention spans, the cyberstalker might have the inclination to stalk me, but then follow through? Meh!
I know when I’m half-way through typing in an old high school boyfriend’s name on Facebook, I find myself distracted. I’m looking up what my coworkers are making for dinner instead of checking up on Bob Stumpf. “I wonder what ever happened to Bob Stumpf? Oh, look, Julie’s making chili!”
I have Googled my ex and his name is very common — something like John Smith or Jim Brown. Okay, you got me, it’s Jim Brown. But after a page of Google links to the running back and then to the singer, I’m off on a tangent reading about the history of rhythmn and blues.
I did write about this in an earlier post. Are our short attention spans doing anything good for our souls? http://gettingmyessayspublished.wordpress.com/2010/12/02/does-social-media-grow-your-soul/
What’s the opposite of cyberstalking? Cyberapathy! That’s the new trend in social media.