dis·cre·tion  (d-skrshn)

n.

1. The quality of being discreet; circumspection.

2. Ability or power to decide responsibly.
3. Freedom to act or judge on one’s own: All the decisions were left to our discretion.

If you take a look around the internet, it seems as though individuals just don’t give a fcuk about privacy. Twitter expose’s, facebook status testimonials, and numerous other instances show that people have no more discretion left in this world. In a time where technological advances occur rapidly, we must remain cognizant of our personal information and “incriminating evidence” that can be easily accessible on the internet for an eternity. Thankfully, myself and the good folks here at SBM will provide some guidelines to discretion for the modern era:

Any pics/videos you send can and will be used against you

While I revel in the artistic beauty of #TittyTuesdays and #ThongThursdays on twitter, I could never understand how women would send those type of pics and post them on the internet. What’s worse is when you send these pics to men that you know, making an improper judgement of their character. Next thing you know, you’re P-Poppin personal photo is the pride and joy of his entire crew!

Men, you aren’t any better. This new phenomenon of sending pictures of your shlong to women… when did this start?! When did this become hot in the streets?! You idiots, let me tell you a secret: All her girlfriends have seen that pic, all of her gay friends have seen that pics, and all of her platonic male friends know that you “be sending yo DYCK all on the net”! They especially clown if you’re packing a pea shooter bro. Not.Cool.

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It’s even worse with these videos. You  lowkey have blue movies shot of unsuspecting men and women #everydayb.  Candid camera is alive and well in 2010. Ask K*t St*cks, it’s not that hard to shoot a video and incriminate an unsuspecting individual. Smarten up y’all!

My Advice: If you MUST send these pics, at least take your face out of them! That way you can deny deny DEE-NYE any pics that may trickle onto these here internets. If you post these pics of your own free will, don’t be mad when people you don’t want to see you in spread eagle ask about your trip to Mardi Gras… Sheeit I mean ask Brett Favre about discretion

Text messages are a recipe for disaster

In 2010, we are a bunch of text messaging, BBMing, GChatting, Pinging, and emailing individuals. These short messages can carry conversations for hours as we look to multitask. Hell, some people don’t even like to talk on the phone anymore! With this convenient method of communication, we also have gotten lax and comfortable in the TYPES of conversation.

People do dirt daily. Not everybody has a written record of said dirt. When you dudes looking to setup a rendezvous with your #1 side chick, or you ladies don’t want Ray Ray finding out about your one night with Leon that “you didn’t count because you didn’t c*m”, you leave yourself vulnerable to the #swindle. For people with smart phones, you can now screen capture, forward texts, send text conversations via email, save chats on the computer, or a host of other ways to keep information secure just in case you need to ether someone. How many stories have you heard about a email chain forward in an office that got someone fired? Let’s not forget the AIM Window Oops Factor (AWOF). The AWOF takes you to the day when an AIM window with a new message would pop-up while you were typing to someone else. Imagine typing a message to a shorty about how she rode you something crazy last night, only to have your GF reply “I wasn’t there what are you talking about?!” Yeah, NOT the business. I’ve mistakenly texted wrong people (stories for another day) so I know about this pitfall all too well

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My Advice: Do what you do, but be SMART! Show proper due diligence when sending text messages of any kind so you don’t have to yell oops.

Computer Etiquette

If I had a dollar for every story I heard about a woman catching a man cheating because he used HER computer to chat with other women, or look at naked pics, I’d be a multi thousandaire. When will people learn that saving passwords, downloading pictures onto a computer, internet browsing history, and other aspects of computer use are as easy to conceal as they are to be discovered? I mean, I’ve heard stories of dudes leaving PHOTO ALBUMS of other chicks on their wifey’s computer. Let that marinate for a second. There might not be any helping these people but I will try.

My Advice: Use your own computers…or read a book.

I know I’m not the only one to notice these internet transgressions. You guys got any other examples or tips?