So in consideration of our evolving Internet definitions and experiences of cheating, it is likely that 10 to 20 percent number is an underestimate.While our cultural stereotypes tend to focus on men stepping out on their wives or girlfriends, the fact of the matter is almost as many women are unfaithful as men. Some women stray sexually when seeking some form of deeper romantic connection or emotional support seemingly missing in a primary relationship.
and maybe secretly wish had been around when you were younger and single and trying to pull some action.
And if I’d written a post about it a month ago, it would have probably been from that angle.
In fact, Girls Around Me wasn’t even the real problem.
“It’s not, really, that we’re all horrified by what this app them be without their knowledge.” But I didn’t have an easy answer ready for my friend’s last question. Part of it was because, like many tech professionals, I had taken for granted that people understood that their Facebook profiles and Foursquare data were publicly visible unless they explicitly said otherwise…
It’s when you push the radar button that Girls Around Me does what it says on the tin. Immediately, Girls Around Me went into radar mode, and after just a few seconds, the map around us was filled with pictures of girls who were in the neighborhood. If you get checked into Foursquare by a friend without your knowledge and have a publicly visible Facebook profile, you could end up in here.” (Update: Apparently, I wasn’t correct about this. “So let’s say I’m a bro, looking to go out for a night on the town and pick someone up.
Since I was showing off the app on a Saturday night, there were dozens of girls out on the town in our local area. Foursquare does NOT allow you to check other people in with you without their knowledge; I was confusing Foursquare for Facebook, which does offer this functionality. – JRB) One of my less computer-affable friends actually went pale, and kept on shooting her boyfriend looks for assurance. Let’s say I’m going to the Independent around the corner, and checking it out ahead of time, I really like the look of this girl Zoe — she looks like a girl I might want to try to get with tonight — so I tap her picture for more information, see what I can find out about here.” I tapped on Zoe.
For example, I can also look at Zoe’s pictures.” I tapped on the photo album, and a collection of hundreds of publicly visible photos loaded up. which, as it happens, is pretty damn good.” My girlfriend scowled at me. I know what she looks like, both clothed and mostly disrobed. Across the board, the men either looked amused or (in the case of my beardo Diaspora friend) philosophically pleased with themselves about their existing opinions about social networking.
I assured her Zoe in a bikini was no comparison, and moved on. I know her full name, her parents’ full names, her brother’s full name. The women, on the other hand, looked sick and horrified.
I’d been playing with the app for almost two months. and like my beardo Diaspora friend, I secretly believed that people who were exposed this way on the Internet without their knowledge were foolish.