Let’s just say it: the Internet is a scary place. I’m going to humor myself for a moment and liken it to backpacking across Europe. There is an entire lifetime of experiences, knowledge, and material at your fingertips…However, in setting off for adventure, you’re essentially exposing yourself to a world of strangers and institutions that may or may not be waiting to harm you.
For many of us, this is a risk we’re willing to take. And I won’t deny that gaining knowledge at the click of a button is something I treasure. In fact, I’ve recently become very much an advocate of the web’s ability to facilitate communication and foster relationships, as I’ve witnessed it first-hand. But that doesn’t mean that there shouldn’t be some kind of safe-haven; a place online where we know we’re protected…a “home,” perhaps?
And that’s where Sgrouples comes in.
Privacy! What a concept, huh? Yes, if exploring freely online is backpacking, then sitting down for a chat on Sgrouples is like occupying a quiet room in your own house. You get to choose who you invite over, and everything you say in that room is in confidence. And the best part is, you can have more than one room! Sgrouples allows you to design your safe-haven however you like.
Now I know you’re wondering about Facebook and Twitter. When it comes to this little game I have going on, I think it only makes sense to compare them to gossipy parties. They’re trendy and fun, and you want to join in. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t enjoy going home at the end of the night.
I, for one, may have once belonged to the group of aptly named “Millennials” who have decided to disregard structured privacy online. That being said, I was also someone who was smart enough to refrain from posting photos I didn’t want people to see. But now there is a place to share all your indiscretions without outside judgment. Face it – everyone likes to have fun! And families can even post photos of their children without the added stress of not knowing what predators may be lurking.
In a world where the web has very quickly become essential to everyday life and – dare I say it – a large part of our reality, it’s amazing that no networking site with the privacy of Sgrouples has come along already. Imagine: millions of us have been essentially wandering around homeless…
It’s good to know that the two sides of life can coexist on the Internet. We can have crazy times elsewhere on the web and still type in “sgrouples.com” knowing that our online selves are protected.
Now, if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go sip virtual lemonade and sit on my virtual porch. Until next time, this is one of your friendly neighborhood Sgrouples bloggers! Follow me on Twitter @sgrouplesblog.
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