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Monday, January 12, 2015

Internet intelligence

Twenty-five years ago it was the personal computing industry’s goal to have a computer in every home. Today, over 65% of Americans carry computers with them in the form of smartphones. With personal computing permeating our lives (we check our phones over 50 times a day) Internet use has grown exponentially. Questions and facts are all answered and checked during conversations. It’s safe to say that there is nothing that cannot be found on the Internet. This includes details of one’s personal life.

I read it on the Internet

People become Internet detectives.  Quick to check friends, family members, and the pasts of love interests. Not sure what will be found, searchers often dangerously jump to conclusions, without properly vetting the information. In addition to the misinformation that circulates on the Internet, most people don’t understand exactly what they’re reading. In the case of criminal records one has to understand the difference between arrests and convictions. There are also terms of probation that affect the final dispositions. When criminal records are returned during a search, how do you know it’s the same person? Quick Internet searches, without proper analysis, can cause embarrassment as well as legal action.

How well do you know someone?

Employers often say that they only hire people they know or for whom others vouch, apply that to your personal lives. How well do you really know someone? Other than someone you are with 24/7/365, everyone has secrets. Has anyone ever thought so much of your relationship that you were listed as a reference to obtain a government clearance? Answering those questions about social habits and character can really open your eyes as to how well you really know the person.

Do not be so quick to pass judgment on what you find on the Internet. You might cause someone unnecessary pain or set your business up for a court visit.