I have actually stepped back from doing things on the Internet. I haven't touched Facebook since I was in college plus two, so almost 6 years ago, before it went mainstream. I'm actually in the process of being permanently removed from their system, asking to have your account deleted is only partial, you're still stored in case you "change your mind later."
That is also why I don't/won't post my pictures on here. Not because I'm scrawny, though I'm far from impressive, I don't like being traceable. Yea, someone can trace these posts to an IP and my location, but they don't know who is behind the screen or anything about me save the words I type.
People are sacrificing privacy and freedoms "by the gallon" because they are being offered other benefits. Free phones, woohoo, hook me up! Internet while on my phone... woohooo and GPS too so I can find stuff wherever I am (see anyone can find you). No guns, so I'll always be safe and no more school shooting... woohoo here take them from those crazy right-wingers, I love deer, rabbits, and other furry forest creatures!
I can't help but recall the movie Gladiator. People are starving in Rome (unemployed), dying of disease (laziness and self-entitlement), and Caesar's solution is to give them games in the colliseum (see your preferred entertainment distraction). Senator Gracchus, the Senator the Praetorian Guard later arrests for trying to help Maximus, said, "I think he knows what Rome is. Rome is the mob. Conjure magic for them and they'll be distracted. Take away their freedom and still they'll roar. The beating heart of Rome is not the marble of the senate, it's the sand of the coliseum. He'll bring them death - and they will love him for it."
Astonishing the similarities.