Say You Are Out of Town or Home Alone
Most people recognize that announcing you are home alone is not the smartest idea, much less doing so in a space where you know someone who is more or less a complete stranger is or could be listening. Yet for some reason, people do not hesitate to announce that they are home alone to their 3,256 friends on Facebook. This is likely because social media simultaneously fosters an illusion of distance and one of intimacy. People truly believe that they know and are friends with all of their Facebook “friends” despite having never met more than half of those people in real life. At the same time, the keyboard and screen make it seem like those people are very far away. Those people, however, are strangers who could be anywhere in real life and have any sort of ill intentions.
Announcing to the digital world that you are out of town for a week is practically an invitation that says “rob me.” Once again, you probably do not know all of your Facebook friends. They are acquaintances or near strangers. As such, posting pictures of yourself when you are clearly out of town tells anyone will poor intentions that your house and all your things are sitting there defenseless. Wait to upload the photos until you get home instead of posting pictures of yourself in Honolulu on Instagram when all your other photos are tagged #MinnesotaHome.