When I built my first home in the country in the early 70′s, we had a land line we had to share with neighbors. These landlines were called party lines and were quite common. If you received a call or made one, your neighbor could listen to your conversation and alternatively you could listen to theirs. If you had a neighbor who enjoyed doing this type of thing, it could be quite annoying. The other drawback was if your neighbor was conversing on the phone, you could not dial out or receive a call and that could be frustrating if you were expecting or wanting to make an important call.
By default Google, Facebook and other entities leave your door pretty much open, like the party line I had when I lived in the country. No wonder employers want to see their employee’s digital trail. Whatever they may deem as less than desirable will show up in writings, pictures, or someone ranting about you, maybe without just cause.
Gossip as always been a problem in this world, but now gossip can be reinforced with ammunition from the web and distorted.
The telephone companies finally got around to making party lines pretty well obsolete to the satisfaction of their customers. What has taken its place is a lot worse, yet people don’t seem to care.
When I turned on my cell phone and realized people knew where I was and that I was available without me realizing it, it not only angered me, but I felt like I was sitting in a glass house, with the world just watching my every move and interpreting it any way they wished, for good or bad.