“You’re being watched,” a line from one of my favourite series, Person of interest, always gets me paranoid. Is it for real am being watched? “Off course darling”,I console myself, ” God is watching over you. ” I am sure my Reverend would be proud of my strong faith! But why are my nerves still rattling?
It is the realisation that there is another “god” watching me, the “technology god.” Recently, I watched a video clip about the location services in most of our mobile devices especially smartphones that most of us take to be a simple thing that doesn’t need our attention but are actually something we ought not to ignore. It was amazing to discover that someone can track me from one point to another without me having a single clue about this trampling in my privacy! Then what of telecommunication companies having records of all your telephone conversations! Totally heinous!!
This also brings me to social media and it’s extraction of private information from it’s users. Some of you may sneer and say, it is optional to fill in that information, but haloo, the excitement of wanting to create an online presence comes at a cost, you must give in something that makes you stand out, something that easily identifies you, and what else does someone have to offer apart from their college, work place, home area among others. But is this safe? Setting your profile views to “private” won’t save you from hackers,will it?
Open your eyes to all these CCTV cameras everywhere…. From hotelrooms, to class rooms, to the streets, and you still think you are not being watched? Then what are the cameras for anyway? Last I checked, I saw no one of you taking selfies in the CCTV cameras!
But I won’t blame technology alone, some humans are making a huge living out of breaching people’s privacy. The saddest bit is it could be your relative,or even a lover,jilted or not. Don’t you ever wonder how people’s nude pictures get to your mobile devices and computer screens. Sometimes the people we trust the most betray us too!
I still want to believe I am not being watched but I now know that privacy is a luxury I can no longer afford. A luxury sold to technology and trust in exchange for keeping up with the latest trends.
So the next time your nerves are dancing to a tune you cannot understand, maybe it’s the “technology god” touching you through your smart phone. Could come with some blessings,who knows!
And remember, “YOU ARE BEING WATCHED!” This is no longer a pun,it is real.It is happening…….even right now.