A mom snaps a bunch of pictures of her daughter on her birthday, blowing out her candles while surrounded by a posse of her closest friends and family. One shot freezes the memory perfectly; lots of smiling faces and festive expressions. She posts it to social media and tags a few of the moms she’s friends with on Facebook.
A tourist sees a man dancing hilariously while walking down the street, whips out his phone and shares the experience with all of his followers, unbeknownst to the dancing man.
A group of friends dines together during a night out. One friend grabs her phone and documents everything, resulting in some unflattering, mouth-full-of-food shots which she plasters on social media.
These scenarios unfold daily all across the country. We live in a social media age where practically every move we make is documented. Recently, a reader left a comment on social media that made me pause:
Another thing that is getting RIDICULOUS: People stuffing their cell phones in your face and posting pics WITHOUT any sort of permission. Back in the day it was REQUIRED to have written consent prior to ANY photo was taken. ~Molly via Facebook
Can you imagine what our feeds would look like if written permission was still required? They’d pretty much be blank with the exception of selfies!
What are you thoughts on posting photos without permission. Do you think it’s inappropriate? If someone is in a public place, it’s perfectly legal to snap a picture of them and post without their knowledge or consent. Do you care? Does it make you angry? Do you long for the days when privacy was a respected thing? DO you snap and post without permission because everyone is doing it? Do you always ask permission first? Do you avoid posting many pictures on social media because of safety or privacy concerns?
Curious what your thoughts are on this.
Talk to me,