Social Media and Preppers

Some people can’t stand to be disconnected from their social media for even a few minutes.  They carry to their laptops and tablets in handy bags. Cell phones are nearly glued to their heads or hands.  Most of their socializing is done online and on phones.

Admittedly, many adults from 40 to 60 are also doing a large portion of their socializing in the same manner.  Why?  Inclusion.  A recent report said the fastest growing population on FaceBook is adults ages 40 to 60, it makes it possible for parents and grandparents to keep up with their children and grandchildren as well as their friends.  They get to see more pictures and and see their posts.

But what about if you are alone or in very small groups with little or no interaction outside the group?  Not so difficult for those of us who grew up before the phone went out the door with you.  We learned skills that are not taught to our young people these days.

We learned how to talk, hold conversations, even start conversations about any number of things.  We learned the difference between the different types of conversation groups such as young adults, married, and seniors.  We also learned about same gender verses mixed company conversations.  Then, just when we thought we had the art of conversation down pat, our elders taught us about “polite company” and “forbidden topics”.  We learned to mind our Ps and Qs.

Certainly, in a bug-in situation it will be a big plus if everyone involved had those skills.  They would know what to say and when to shut their mouths.  To paraphrase Joyce Meyer, they would know not to voice an opinion where they have no responsibility.

Sure, over time they would learn these skills after great pain and suffering for all parties involved.  Wouldn’t it be better if they started learning now?

Just to drive the point home, consider the youth of the world.  Most of us have seen this video, but just in case you haven’t, take a look below.  How would these same young people handle a situation in which they could no longer contact their social media buddies?

Yet Another Reason to Prepare – Social Networking and Preppers

Social Networking and preppers.Preppers usually know that what happens on the internet stays on the internet – forever.  Except in France, but that is another story.

We also know various companies are using the social networking sites to find out as much about you as they can before they decide to give you a job.  They also use it to decide if they are going to loan you money or extend you credit.  Insurance companies gather as much information about you they can from social media sites, or they hire a private detective to do it for them.  They use the information to determine if they want to insure you, which claims to pay and whether or not to pay or discontinue disability or other benefits.  What can they get off those sites?

They can access all sorts of information they have no legal right, it would actually be illegal, to ask of you.  So can employers.  Not a big deal, right?  You’ve got nothing to hide?

Lenders will use algorithms currently in development to “see” who your “friends” are on all the social media sites and decide your future based on whether or not they like who they see.

With these new super-secret algorithms, used for this purpose, they will find the stuff you deleted last month because you plan to apply for a loan or credit.  It will still be on your friends’ sites.

It would be a fair guess to think that might be why social media sites set their privacy policies in such a manner as to make it contractually legal to sell access to their databases.

Why would I think that?  Because as the number of institutions using the algorithm increases, so will bandwidth usage on the social media sites.  Someone has to pay for that bandwidth.  No, social media sites won’t let that go unpaid.  And, they are in the business of selling “people” to the companies that currently advertise on those sites.

Turning over the passwords to all your social media sites will be required to get credit from these lenders.  They will use that information for several purposes:

  • Determine if your friends are financially stable enough to make you a good risk
  • Market products to your friends
  • Send messages to your friends from your accounts
  • Those messages will also include telling all your “friends” if you have missed some payments.

With employers, insurance companies, and lenders looking at your social media to gain information they can’t legally ask, they will misconstrue, take out of context, and assume meaning that does not exist.  They will use that information to discriminate in ways the Constitution of the United States forbids.

What we can do about it:

  • Do not use real names.  Pseudonyms are legal!  You just can’t intend to defraud people.
  • Use an email service such as gmail or yahoo instead of an address that leads back to your front door when signing up for social media sites.
  • If you do use your real name, be selective about who you “friend”.
  • Demand laws protecting citizens who decline to provide social media account information.  Some people drink on Friday nights until they are drunk, get photographs posted about it, but still pay their bills on time!
  • Lastly, if we all stopped using social media, our businesses might suffer, but everyone would get the message.  We would all connect on forums and lists, as we did in the past, where we have some anonymity until we decide to whom and when to reveal information.