Are people posting too much information on social networks?

By Jason Belk - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - With social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter becoming increasingly popular, people are posting loads of personal information on them, but at what point is posting information too much?

Facebook has over 200 million active users, a number that will continue to grow.

For Dr. Chris Thomas, the Associate Dean for Student Life at McNeese State, talking with his students about Facebook and other social networks was a no brainer.

"It is something we do try to talk to them about the safety of it. Whether they're getting in contact with people they don't really know, or they're putting personal information out there," said Thomas.

For many social networking users, the question remains, how much information it too much information?

While updating your Facebook status may seem harmless, you could be leaving yourself vulnerable to a wide number of people you don't even know.

"There's so many people connected with the social media and Twitter and those kinds of things, I don't believe that all the people using it really understand the impacts of the information they're putting out there and how outreaching it really is," said Thomas.

The important thing for those on social networks to remember is to always exercise caution when revealing information.

"I think it's one of those things as people use it, they become so comfortable with it that they don't necessarily think about the bigger ramifications of who they are interacting with, and that there's really nothing safe about being online, that you have to approach going online with some caution," said Thomas.

A good rule of thumb is to never post something on a social network that you would not tell a complete stranger.

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