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Old 02-25-2013, 07:26 AM
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I participate on another site with members around the world. These members frequently ask for Facebook information, email addresses or skype user ids.

I had not logged into my Facebook until recently to close it. I never had a twitter account. I rid of smart phones last July.

I forgot I had a Facebook account associated with my current email address. I provided my email address to a member from the aforementioned site. Within seconds, he told me the name associated with this forgotten Facebook account. I met another member who also found herself tracked to Facebook with all her personal information available to this stranger she just met. I closed that second account immediately. I've changed my name on my skype account to a generic phrase and I am rather selective who I accept into my account. It is creepy that social media is becoming so easy to access.

Are we too connected? Am the only one who is downgrading technology? I am at the point where I use a prepaid phone and use cash to purchase the refill cards.

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Yes, I think we are TOO connected and I personally find it invasion of personal space, or whatever little of it we have left. Therefore, by choice I do not get connected to minimize complications like my friends and family have all been experiencing. I'm glad DH and I are on the same page on this and we it don't bother us that we are NOT connected to anyone/everyone. Many of our family and friends just can't give it up; they'd rather suffer the consequences than live without them. Fortunately, we have a choice.

While technology is good, I think it has come to a point where we have allowed it to dictate to us rather than we, controlling it. Thankfully, we still have the option to get out of it.
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I treat using CC/DC separately since it doesn't pose a threat to us (yet). For now, it is a lot safer for us to carry cards to pay rather than pay with cash and deal with loose change. The convinience and perks far outweighs any threat/danger so we'll continue using CCs/DCs for now. If it comes to the point later where we feel threatened, we have no qualms going back to paying with cash and/or barter.
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I am openly anti-Facebook! This is as social as I get on the Internet and honestly its too much sometimes. I taught high school until recently and really got an inside look at what it is doing to people. It's scary. We are in our 30's and our friends think we are crazy for not having Facebook. Our friends at church say it can be a great witness about how you and your family function. I'd rather do that other ways. Instagram is just as bad. I am on my phone constantly, but I'm a Pinterest addict .

The thing that scares me most is the location that can be tracked through your cell phone. People don't realize that you have to turn location off or every picture you take is labeled with a time and location. Then you throw it on social media or Instagram and it tells exactly where you are and what time you are coming or going with your pictures. You have to be careful when an app asks with that popup can we use your location because it triggers it to turn on each time you use that app. People take pictures of themselves leaving for vacation or heading home from somewhere and it can be tracked. Scary.

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