Do private lives still exist?
With the blurring of lines between our public, private and professional lives, it’s a valid question. Thanks to social media and technology, it’s easy to get and stay in touch. But this overlap can lead to trouble if you’re not careful.
Even the information you post on a private network can be seen by others and shared in an instant. What comes across as benign to you, could be taken as offensive by others. So, it’s best to keep the public and private areas of your life separate.
Take a look at these five tips to maintain some semblance of a private life in a world that seems obsessed with going public.
Not everything you do in the “real world” has to go online. In fact, most of it shouldn’t. To keep your private life private, limit your social media posts as much as possible.
When you do post, keep it light. Avoid references to work, legal troubles or marital problems, political positions and religion. If it helps, imagine your social media posts being broadcasted on a big screen for the world to see. That’s the magnitude of their potential.
Be sure to check your privacy settings to receive notifications when someone has tagged you in a post. This will allow you to review what you’ve been linked to before it shows up on your page or profile.
Keep an eye on your network. Colleagues and co-workers may send you friend or follow requests. It’s all likely to be well-intentioned, but you never know what post or photo could be misconstrued.
What happens if you take a sick day from work, and your friends tag you in a photo at a bar? The image may be from the weekend before, but could be seen as something else altogether. If you need to connect with people in your business field, stick to professional networks like LinkedIn.
This is a big one. You forfeit your privacy once arrested and especially when you’re convicted of a crime. This information may show up in various databases and will almost always appear in a simple background check.
Getting your record expunged or sealed has its limitations, and charges or convictions may still be visible. It’s best not to let a matter this serious follow you and pop up when you least expect it.
You may be a great storyteller and like to embellish for effect. Or maybe you tell the occasional white lie to avoid hurting someone’s feelings. Saving face every now and again is understandable. But steer clear of lying about things that can be easily checked at all costs.
This includes your resume, supporting documents, and answers to interviews. While adding a little extra pizzazz to your life story might seem like a good idea at the moment, it’s bound to come to light eventually. And getting labeled as a liar will follow you and is the last thing you want to happen to your career.
Have you heard this piece of sage advice before: do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup? There’s some wisdom behind the humor. Stay away from unscrupulous people, and steer clear of dangerous personality types whenever you can.
These people are liable to get you into trouble. They’re often sue-happy and may have the bank account to support their costly ventures. If someone is known to be an explosive character, do what you can to avoid getting mixed up with him personally or professionally.
Bring money into a friendship or professional relationship, and you’ve got problems. What was once going along swimmingly is suddenly sinking fast. Money has a way of making people angry and coming between people who were once great friends or family.
If you need a loan, stick to working with a financial institution. A quick loan from a friend seems easy at first and faster than working with your bank. However, it may cause you headaches in the long run. The last thing you want is getting a reputation as a deadbeat.
There may come a time when you need professional services to maintain your privacy and security. When searching for detective investigator services, look for an agency with extensive experience and resources.
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