Are you oversharing on social media?

The term oversharing, defined as the overexposure of personal information on the Internet (and most particularly in social networking sites) is becoming an increasingly common practice.

As any other technology advances, the cyberspace and most specifically the social networks, have both its pros and cons. In recent years, our social media habits have changed from just visiting these spaces to essentially building our lives within these virtual worlds OR around these virtual words.

According to the “Global Digital Report 2018” the penetration rate of social networks represents about:

  • 42%

    of world population

  • 3196

    Million people

What are the risks?

As indicated by the ccn-cert, some of the possible malicious uses of social networks might include:

  • Social Engineering
  • Identity Theft
  • Cyberbullying: According to a report elaborated by “Fundación Anar” 1 out of 4 cases of bullying is already being carried out through technology
  • Reputational damage
  • Malvertising
  • Criminality in the physical world
  • Malware distribution

Why we do it?

A study published by Jonah Berger (professor at Wharton) shows that most publications are trigged by mood and intensified emotions, which lead people to share information. In fact, it has been proved that there are emotional and physical stimuli designed to activate the nervous system, thus increasing the probability of sharing information.

In our daily lives we don´t leave our car or our house unlocked, and we don´t share our private information. So..why do we neglect our privacy on the cyberspace, a place where our data is likely to be stored forever?

As they used to say in the film “The Social Network”:

The Internet is not written in pencil, it is written in ink.

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