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Old 27th Jun 2022, 21:17
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Social Media Photos on line from unknown people

I have witnessed today something a little odd, and would just like to see if any others think this equally odd.

I am currently in Deia Majorca on leave, and had arranged to go sailing with an old friend who picked me up off the coast in Deia to sale around to Palma to watch some super yacht racing. While getting on board in Deia we witnessed a RIB with two people male and female pull up into the cove and start to take pictures of themselves in various poses and states of dress. Now as the sailing yacht I was on had kindly supplied breakfast pre departure, we got to witness the change of angles and poses of the participants, all much to the amusement of our crew. I witnessed something similar in late autumn in London with 2 women, but this was on a different level.

Can I ask if this is now a case of just self advertisement, as if so I am not sure it is a healthy thing to be posting. We discussed it with one of the female crew who was equally charming and attractive who admitted she had stopped doing the same thing as she had felt that it was all creating the wrong image. Any observations or comments from others re this, as my own are more along the lines of look where you are and the people you meet and are with, rather than posting on line. Anyway will be interested to see feed back as I am not sure this is healthy mentally for people.

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Old 27th Jun 2022, 21:38
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You're asking if social media is for the mentally healthy?

really?



Alternate answer:


While you were all leaning over the rail with your tongues hanging out watching this spectacle, did anyone notice the guy with the three cornered hat, the eye patch and the cutlass between his teeth clamber up the other side and disappear down the companionway?
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Old 27th Jun 2022, 21:43
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Two people on a boat taking photos of each other. What am I missing here?
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Old 27th Jun 2022, 21:50
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that's a penetrating question . . .
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Old 28th Jun 2022, 00:18
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This might give you an idea why it’s not a good idea.

https://clockworktalent.com/blog-5-s...-social-media/
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Old 28th Jun 2022, 02:20
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We have a couple of rentals and when people apply, we just google them and quickly find their social media and you'd be amazed (well maybe you wouldn't be) at what people put out there

It's WAY more informative than the service we used to use
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Old 28th Jun 2022, 05:38
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My fairly broad-minded boss was invited to be a "friend" of a long time mate's teenaged daughter in the private part of Facebook or whichever, unlike her parents. Something she posted - and he didn't divulge what it was - so shocked him he was compelled to tell mum and dad... he wasn't her friend after that! He used to vet the social media trails of prospective year out students applying for a placement with us and reject CVs from those whose on line presence was a bit too salacious!
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Old 28th Jun 2022, 07:30
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It's ALL about your 'curb appeal' for whatever you're selling. To have particular backgrounds in your posted self-photos shows others that you have ticked the boxes of their particular conformity. Be it adventure, be it luxury, be it connections (being around the right people) you are transmitting to those viewing, the followers, that you are followable. For some this can transfer into monetary reward, thus the rise of the influencer, for others it's to be accepted into a particular social group. Everyone is a model these days it would seem, pouting and posing until the perfect shot is achieved and even then post-production manipulation makes things more perfect before release.

Personally I find it all so vacuous and time-wasting tbh and not least, a waste of life hours that can never be retrieved again. People, especially younger people are desperate for attention these days it would seem, or could it be that SM has allowed the inner narcissism to flourish ? The amount of information people do post is scary according to many, but if they want to, then it's their adult choice. At least it allows some form of vetting as mentioned earlier in the thread.

If you're the owner of a business or promoting a cause, then SM is a fantastic tool, no doubt about that and perhaps that's what we should be encouraging instead of the private quagmire of virtue-signalling. Assuming that all is recorded on some massive server farm somewhere, an AI psychologist/sociologist will have a field day decoding human behaviour at some point in the near future.
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Old 28th Jun 2022, 07:50
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Originally Posted by SpringHeeledJack View Post
...If you're the owner of a business or promoting a cause, then SM is a fantastic tool, no doubt about that and perhaps that's what we should be encouraging instead of the private quagmire of virtue-signalling. Assuming that all is recorded on some massive server farm somewhere, an AI psychologist/sociologist will have a field day decoding human behaviour at some point in the near future.
As a bit of thread digression (on Jet Blast, Good grief!) given that a large percentage of photos taken nowadays are on phones, and given that modern phones are more and more likely to lighten/brighten/filter/otherwise improve (in some cases volunteering to take out undesired people in the background), will future historians have ANY photos that realistically portray things as they are/were?
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Old 28th Jun 2022, 07:54
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I somewhere read the latest US trend with young people is to move back to more web privacy (as far as they can affect it) and not have one "brand" or personality but many different purpose built ones instead. People seem to be fed up by being tracked and have their data commercially exploited.
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There was a guy who smuggled a 'model' into a satellite test area (clean room).
Foolishly he published photo's and was shortly off the premises.
Strange how stupid people can be.
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Old 28th Jun 2022, 08:49
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
My fairly broad-minded boss was invited to be a "friend" of a long time mate's teenaged daughter ...
I was surprised when I started receiving 'friend' requests from my teenage daughter's friends. I had to look fairly carefully to discover that these were not from the friends themselves, but being generated by facebook on their behalf. Facebook's like that.
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Old 28th Jun 2022, 08:50
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A never ending number of people posting videos of illegal / questionable behaviour which sometimes gets

published with dire consequences for the participants. Not very smart.

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Old 28th Jun 2022, 09:31
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As a bit of thread digression (on Jet Blast, Good grief!) given that a large percentage of photos taken nowadays are on phones, and given that modern phones are more and more likely to lighten/brighten/filter/otherwise improve (in some cases volunteering to take out undesired people in the background), will future historians have ANY photos that realistically portray things as they are/were?
No doubt, but as always it will be obvious to anyone alive in the future that these fore-fathers/mothers/whatevers weren't as perfect as they appear on the digital records simply because they themselves won't match up physically in general. Also, future computing/image analysis will no doubt be able to deconstruct the amended images back to their original form.

It always seems like you're on to a hiding to nothing by purporting to be something you're not, because eventually the truth will out as it were.How many times have you visited a really slick website to discover by intent or chance that the business is in a grotty little shop (not always the case) the opposite of the image portrayed, or someone human who when you meet them is nothing like their online image and status ? I think that if people's interactions stay in the cyberverse then somehow there's a 'knowing' that things are different from real-life.
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Old 28th Jun 2022, 09:41
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A never ending number of people posting videos of illegal / questionable behaviour which sometimes gets published

with dire consequences for the participants. Not very smart.
Something of an understatement there, "not very smart "...more definitive terms are available.

It's long been reported many organisations use social media to check on both potential and employed personnel alike. I can think of several cases where people suddenly found themselves "invited " for a conversation with the RAF S.I.B. for comments made on FB and other platforms...however, when one case involved the comment " RAF XXXXXX couldn't tie it's own bootlaces " ....strangely, the matter was dropped as were at least two others when the recipients mentioned the words "my solicitor " .
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Old 28th Jun 2022, 10:19
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I have 2 kids just beyond teens and from what I understand there is Instagram which means they need to go remote spots and take funny angle photos to copy some sort of celeb or influencer. And there is Pokemin Go where they go to remote spots to get a virtual prize and need to take photos there to prove they were really there. So I normally talk to people doing wierd photos and ask their reason then do NOT copy them as I have a reall life!
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Old 28th Jun 2022, 11:07
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Status anxiety. Whereas many of our contemporaries used to keep up with the Joneses by buying ever nicer houses, more expensive cars and so on, younger generations are more likely to do it by travelling to exotic places (or engaging in impressive pursuits ar performing worthy activities, depending on the peer group that needs to be kept up with). Everything has to be photographed for social media so that the peer group know about it, just as many of our peers used to lavish disproportionate care on their front gardens and wash their cars every weekend.
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Old 28th Jun 2022, 12:29
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Originally Posted by Local Variation View Post
Two people on a boat taking photos of each other. What am I missing here?
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You are missing nothing as I would not take a photo of them taking photos of themselves, it was an observation of what they were doing, and were still doing after we finished breakfast and left for Palma. The yacht I was on is around 80ft and is a NZ built sailing yacht so plenty of crew to repel borders !

That cove is very pretty and if I was them I would have gone for a swim or walk up into the village rather than prat about taking photos of each other.

My concern is, as the young lady on our crew said, it is not healthy, and she herself had now restricted herself in what she posted and on what sites. I am probably a little long in the tooth but we ask our own staff to be more discreet with regards to social media posts.

Anyway interesting to hear all the comments.

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Old 28th Jun 2022, 12:51
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About twenty years ago on a holiday in Cyprus we went on a day trip to a couple of local spots worth visiting, including a small pool with waterfall in the mountains. A youngish couple in the group immediately got the camera out. The lady stripped to her bikini and the first thing they did was create a set of posed photos of her under said waterfall. This must have been for personal use only as the internet was still in its infancy, but their approach to experiencing nature (or any interesting location) was an early preview of what was to come in these modern days.
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