Is social media safe?


Magdalene Halikias

Student looks on her cellphone to read about the Kim Kardashian robbery scandal that occurred in Paris, France on Oct. 3.

Kim Kardashian was robbed while in her hotel room in Paris on Oct. 3. The reality star was attending a Paris Fashion Week on the night that a group of Parisian men entered her room, stealing $10 million in jewelry, including her engagement ring.

This incident has opened up questions about the safety of social media, not just to celebrities, but also to the general population. Kardashian was reported to have posted a video on Snapchat which showed off her $4 million ring, and has posted numerous pictures with the item on her Instagram account. This, along with other social posts, have brought the blame of the robbery rightfully back on her.

First of all, Kim Kardashian is known to boast about her wealth. She makes a living showing the less fortunate her lavish life. She has chosen to put her whole life on display to the world, and has never thought a second about security.

“Obviously, it’s awful for anyone to get robbed at gunpoint,” said Heidi Wittwer, senior. “But she should’ve had security, especially after having all those expensive items on display. Kim should’ve known better.”

Posting any information on social media is dangerous. But it especially increases when you have such a wide following, like Kim Kardashian. Rather than heeding to these warning signs, Kardashian blatantly ignored them, until it was too late.

“I keep my social media accounts on private,” said Milica Cirovic, sophomore. “You never know who might be watching and looking into your private life.”

But is anything we post really private? The fact that it’s online has made it susceptible to the eyes of others. Posting images that boast your valued possessions, or even showing off your belongings is really dangerous, considering that everyone and anyone is online.

“I show a lot of personal things on social media,” said Payal Kachru, senior. “This kind of thing happens all the time. I don’t, however, show off my wealth like Kim does, and maybe that’s why she got robbed.”

Of course, we should blame the criminals. But we can also blame our human negligence. The fact that we entrust our photos, videos, and information to the entirety of the human population isn’t something we should take lightly.

Karl Lagerfeld, a world renowned fashion icon, criticized Kim for her frequent social media posts while in Paris.

“You cannot display your wealth then be surprised that some people want to share in it,” Lagerfeld said after the Chanel show in Paris.

Obviously, social media has its pros and cons. While it connects us, and lets us share meaningful and valuable information, it can also be a deep and dangerous source. You can never be too safe on the Internet, and you should always consider your social media privacy.

Kim K, maybe dial down on daring and revealing posts, and try to build a career that isn’t based on your boasting wealth. And remember, be careful what you post on social media, because it could be dangerous.