I was doing what people do the other evening, scanning Facebook, when I was presented with a post of a scantily clad woman turning toward me as she lay abed with what could be described as a “quasi-come-hither” gaze.
A “friend” at least of the facebook genre, posting from her hospital bed, complete with cardiac monitor, IV inserted, and various other medical paraphernalia rounding out the picture.
So Much For HIPAA (A.K.A. patient privacy and confidentiality)
First, it’s deeply ironic that our union fought for years to create, preserve and protect the confidentiality of medical information.
Many will remember a day, in the not so distant past, when it was very likely that your company officer and battalion chief would be tipped off on your medical diagnosis when it was none of their business.
Now, members literally broadcast their medical status, complete with photos to a wide audience.
Can you expect management to really respect your right to medical privacy when you don’t?
If you are willing to Â share the details of your hospitalization with folks you barely know, why can’t they?
It’s bizarre and it nearly defies belief.
Behavorial Regression Through Technology
Adulthood used to bring a dawning sense of decorum about what you shared and with whom you shared it.
Perhaps social media has opened a yawning chasm of emotional need that can only be sated by the endless divulging of information, most of which is better left unshared, or better yet, just plain forgotten.
It could very well be that over participation in social media both stimulates and intensifies personality disorders by offering endless opportunities to create foolish “me” posts and then bask in the attention of your concerned “friends.”
In the sharing of everything and the doing of it publicly both the notion of intimacy and the sense of significance are lost.
If everybody knows everythingÂ about everybodyÂ else,Â Â intimacy is officially extinct.
What replaced it is a faux or artificial intimacy where the real sharing is lost in the shuffle, general noise and static.
And we are none the better for it.