Stalking or commonly referred to as “Facebook Stalking” is an integral part of today’s social media scene. I have heard this term from many people as it is casually tossed out mid-conversation. Taking a look deeper into the meaning of Stalking or to Stalk, it becomes clear there is a distinct line in what our society believes to be acceptable online and acceptable in person. Facebook Stalking has branched to every social media app and site you can think of. Accidentally favoriting a Tweet or liking someone’s Instagram picture from seven months ago happens far too often. The fear of being deep into someone’s page without them knowing is non-existent, it is the fear of getting caught.
The term has become too casual now. Comparing online stalking to real life stalking is black and white. Sure, you can look extensively through your ex’s photo albums on Facebook, but the line is drawn when you try to do this at their house. That is criminal activity and rightly so. It is the form of presentation online which yields itself to everyone accepting the term Stalking as normal. Most things online are out for everyone to see with little security to prevent unwanted visitors to your social media pages. The Real Time meaning and interpretation of stalking is negative and criminal, while the Virtual Time application is acceptable behavior.
—- Hunter French —-