How Much Information Is Too Much?

United States
July 12, 2007 10:59am CST
We've all heard about stalking on the internet. I don't know how many times I have seen stories about girls being stalking on MySpace. All of my kids who are all grown have MySpace pages. How much information should people share? How soon should one share personal information? After my experience this morning I am wondering.
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• United States
12 Jul 07
On social networking sites like MySpace or Facebook, I don't give away any real information (address, phone number, real name even) to people unless they already know me. All of my friends on my MySpace page, for example, are people I have had personal contact with, either through school, work, or other mediums where we've personally interacted and are friends. This way, I know all of these people. I don't think any personal information should be shown right away, if ever at all. I guess you can call me overly cautious, but sites like MySpace, even if yuo are looking to meet people, should be left as internet commodities. You never know. It does hamper the effect of meeting people online and getting to know them personally, but it's tough to know who is really who and what is real. Always better to err on the side of caution, right?
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• United States
12 Jul 07
That's what I think. I have friends with whom I blog and some I've chatted with but when someone gets personal quickly, alarms go off. I can't see giving my photo or age to someone I met online only a couple of minutes earlier. I agree with you caution it utmost. Thanks for responding.
• United States
12 Jul 07
It's good that you're able to process like that. I know that there are people out there that wouldn't be alarmed at all and think those kinds of situations are normal. Thankfully it's never been extreme amongst my friends, but I did know someone in college who actually had someone begin following them after "meeting" them through the internet. She was freaked out by the entire thing, but nothing bad happened to her. It's scary what could happen, especially if the person doing it to you is a little off in the head or confused about themselves.
@gberlin (3836)
12 Jul 07
I only share personal information to those that I feel I know well enough. If I was a young woman I would be leary about given any information right away.
• United States
13 Jul 07
Me too. I have several people with whom I blog and chat. Most of us are comfortable with the info we share. I agree that sharing some info so soon is a little strange. Thanks.
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
12 Jul 07
I think its hard to judge how much is too much. I got this email talking about that very thing. This girl was talking to this kid online who was really a cop. She thought he lived far away so she didn't feel threatened by him. She didn't tell him direct information, but just by what she did tell him, like the name of her schools baseball team and stuff like that was enough for the cop to find her and follow her home. He warned her and her parents about what could have happened. I try to share the bare minimum when I use the internet.
• United States
12 Jul 07
I agree with you. My recent experience has made me realize how much I value my privacy. Some how I feel alarmed when some guy wants my age, picture etc within three minutes of first contact. Thanks for you opinion.
@wooitsmolly (3613)
• United States
15 Jul 07
I guess I am different than most people who replied. I give out information on those sites.. I guess not my address. I have my phone number on my facebook page and I guess that is the most I give out, but it has my city and that where I go to school. It wouldn't be that hard to find me :P I don't give out my address or phone number to strangers or anything like that. I don't meet people from the internet.
• United States
16 Jul 07
I am a little over careful. But, better safe than sorry. I know some people who met and became good friends on the net. I have friends of various positions and ages. I have never felt that some of my personal information was that important to people I have chatted with. I hope you will think carefully about what you tell people about yourself. Be careful out there. Thanks for your response.