I just recently started keeping my text previews on, for convenience. I am all about efficiency. To me, it is so much easier to read what the person has told me just from looking at the screen rather than going through the effort of picking up the phone, unlocking it, looking at the message, and potentially accidentally sending an unintended read receipt.
This convenience, however, comes with a cost. I have to be careful about leaving my phone near my parents, in case a friend random texts me a message with a not-so-mom-friendly word in it. If I were to receive a text while showing someone a picture on my own, the first three lines of the message show up. I do not have anything to hide, but respect for my personal privacy – and the privacy of my friends who text me – is important to me.
This brings me to another point. What would happen if I left my phone at work or in a study room, and at that time, I conveniently received a personal text message from a friend? With how interconnected the world is today, it is so easy for just about anything to potentially go viral. Recently, an individual left her phone at work and got a series of very humorous but not work friendly text messages, and her phone screen went viral.
This taps into a lot of privacy issues, but social media is so powerful that anything from a kid commenting on his friend’s shoes to someone else’s phone screen could go viral in the blink of an eye and change your life. Fame, both in good and bad forms, can come to you without you even asking for it.
Daniel and his friend received a lifetime supply of Vans for their fame. This lady, however, may have lost her job. It is so important not only to watch what you post, to watch what others post or message of you, about you, and especially now – to you.