As students, we are told many times over how important it is that we are aware of our online presence. Over the years, I, along with many other college students, have fallen victim to posting at least one slightly inappropriate photo or comment on one of my many social media accounts. And, although we are told many times over how important maintaining a profession presence is, students continue to post without realizing how permanent a decision, made in a matter of seconds, can really be.
Recently, I came across an interesting TED Talk by Juan Enriquez titled Your Online Life, permanent as a Tattoo, that truly highlights the importance our online presence and how permanent a our decisions to share information publicly really are. In the short lecture, Enriquez discusses how tattoos can speak to others with actually saying anything, similar to how one photo or comment posted to a social media account can influence a followers’ opinion of us almost instantly. By providing an interesting connection between our online presence, tattoos and immortality, Enriquez states that our decisions made online are essentially electronic tattoos that can influence how others see us for not only the rest of our lives, but also our legacy. Interesting, right?
If you have an extra five minutes, this lecture provides an interesting insight to how our online presence can truly affect every aspect of our lives without us even knowing it.