Digital media has revolutionized today’s society. It has enabled us to do many things, perhaps the most significant among them is the ability to communicate anonymously with unknown individuals. Digital media has changed our meaning of trust and has made us more gullible and vulnerable than ever before.
Look at the several social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Snapchat, etc. where anyone can gain access to a parts of your life by sending you a friend request or following your profile. Gaining information that could potentially allow them access to your email or your bank account. Going beyond the social networking, people are placing not only their trust, but lives in the hands of complete strangers. They’re using transportation apps like Uber and Zipcar or even sites like Craigslist even though they have no clue who the person they’re meeting is.
In an article from the Washington Post, Emily Badger notes the finding of a national survey conducted in the United States, “The General Social Survey conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago has been asking a random national sample of adults since 1972 this same question: "Generally speaking, would you say that most people can be trusted or that you can't be too careful in dealing with people?"
But why are people so trusting if the growing majority say that they’re more cautious of who they trust? The answer to part of that question would be customer reviews. Which allows thousands of people to rate the service they received. But what about the other half of that question, where thousands of social media users have the tendency to reveal private information, that can seriously put their safety at risk?