I use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and so on.
I share my name, occupation and gender to the public on Facebook. Only my friends can see my posts, friends’ list and the public information. Both Instagram and Twitter are protected and there are no followers, which means no one can see my information. They are currently used for not transmitting the information or interacting with people but gaining my favourite information more quickly.
The reason for my privacy settings on those social networking sites is simple: I do not like to share my personal information with someone whom I do not know. If a person does not know me, he or she might not find my information online. However, I am uncomfortable with releasing the information even if it is not found or misused by someone. For me, leaving the information online is like putting photo of me in the middle of a street, which would give me feelings of anxiety and shame.
Moreover, I would be quite upset if my friends upload pictures of me on SNSs without asking even though the images are visible to “friends.” First of all, even if those friends are my friends’ friends, they might not my friends. Secondly, I cannot see the point of sharing those images with others even though my friends and I probably have a good time offline.
I sometimes feel that I am obsessed with my online invisibility but I am happy to choose such invisibility on SNSs at the moment.