Big Brother Is Real

You're always being watched.

As much as a conspiracy theory as it might sound like, the theory of Big Brother is real. For those who have not read 1984 by George Orwell, or have seen the reality show, Big Brother means you are being watched all the time. 24/7, someone is always watching whether you realize it or not. The original premise of Big Brother was that the government was always watching us through everything in society, and used this to control our minds (which frankly is really creepy). This was a fear that many thought we were going to face and mainly feared. Now we sit in 2017 and we are not being mind controlled by our government (well not openly at least). But yet we are still being watched without even knowing about it. 

Everywhere you go people are on their phones, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, the list does not end. We are looking at people on social media. We are looking at people's profiles who we don't even know, maybe even dropping an accidental like or two giving us the major panic of "crap now they know." But do we ever think about the other elements of being watched that are less known to us? 

The idea hit me earlier this afternoon when I reminded of something I was told awhile ago where a friend received a photo on Snapchat saying "hey this is your friend." These two people had never met. Her friend was actually majorly panicked that someone they didn't even know was taking pictures of them and didn't know from where. And the photos came more than just once. Thankfully this wasn't a whole stalker ordeal, the photos did stop. So how did this person know who my friend's friend was? Obviously through creeping social media. However, most of us know that when you creep someone, you do not know you pretend like your life depends on it that you don't know them. But this poor person just trying to go out and do their thing and photos of them are being sent to god only knows who. 

A similar experience actually happened to me while at work a few years back to something I prefer to suppress, however, I caught a co-worker taking photos and videos of me on Snapchat and sending them to.... Well, I don't know... His friends? His family? Reddit? God only knows. Obviously, I asked them to stop. Personally, I hate photos being taken of me out when I don't know about it (I'm not talking photos where I am randomly in the background). So instantly I asked them to stop, they didn't, I was almost in tears with how afraid and anxious I was about these photos going to people and places I didn't know. That made my co-worker "stop." Or so he said. Since I was working at a full serve gas station I went outside to get someone's gas and I looked in the store window and not to my surprise there was my co-workers phone taking another picture of me. When I went inside I literally just sent him home early (I was lucky I could do that on quiet nights). Normally I would enjoy the extra company and keep them longer when it was as steady as it was that night but I couldn't do that to myself. I was basically in tears the whole night. I decided I was going to finish my shift and talk to my bosses in the morning when I could compose myself better, so I did and got the issue resolved.  

But that again makes me think of all the times we have gone on social media and have seen photos of others doing something, them not being aware of their photo being taken without them knowing, and multitudes of people seeing them. I am sure we have all opened Snapchat and seen a story where some unsuspecting person has their photo was taken and some caption stuck to it. PEOPLE ARE WATCHING! That is a prime example, no matter where we go, what we do someone is there taking pictures and sending them around. You could be doing something simple like walking through the mall and BAM a picture is taken and uploaded. A mistake, something funny, or just your face it goes around. 

With the power of social media, cellphones, and killer data plans, nothing is safe anymore. Two seconds anything we do can be on social media, and even if it is later deleted there forever will be a copy on the internet. Not to mention screenshots (don't pretend like you don't have someone's post or conversation in your camera roll, I'm not a fool). 

Now that I have put a creepy thought in your head, think of all the times that you have been Big Brother. Some of us haven't been it (admittedly) but we don't think about what we do sometimes. How taking one simple photo of someone who is unaware, or a stranger can give them the creeps for the rest of their lives. And think of all the times that you have may have been creeped on without awareness. Now does this seem like less of a conspiracy and more of a reality? As well as an idea that was proposed before cell phones, internet, or even computers have been around being true, and beyond relevant. 

Meaghan Spykerman
Meaghan Spykerman

I am in my final year of university studying criminal justice. I have been an active part in my communities ringette association, through constant volunteering and playing. I have worked in retail, as well as an office job.  

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