Cyberstalking… Not such a bad thing?


At some point or another, we’ve all cyberstalked somebody. You start off by going on someone’s profile, but before you know it, you’re scrolling through somebody’s Instagram posts that’s somehow related to that person you sit next to in English. Most of the time it’s just harmless, but why do we do it? Is it out of curiosity? Jealousy? Well, we live in an era where technology is king. When we don’t know the answer to a question on our homework, we look it up on google. Essentially, that’s what cyberstalking is. We’re trying to figure a person out; through their social media profiles. We all might have different motives for doing it, but it can truly benefit us in trying to get to know who someone truly is. For example, the internet is accessible to anyone, so an employer can easily go on an applicant’s twitter page and see what they’re really about. (And vice-versa!) If you’re applying for a job, you can look up your bosses’ profile and possibly even background check them (if you’re hardcore like that) to see if you really want to work for them. Perhaps your co-workers have something to say about each other on their personal Facebook accounts. You now have the knowledge of what your new possible work environment is like, and if you want to go along with it, or ditch it. And no, it isn’t so terrible to look at your friend’s profile from time to time. Maybe it can answer your questions like, “Why aren’t they texting me back?” or “Can I really depend on this person to do their part of this group project?” If they’re constantly tweeting about doing something else rather than homework, then it’s probably time to find a new partner. Just because it has “stalking” in its name, doesn’t mean it’s all that bad.