Before the internet, stalking people was a lot more effort. When you wanted to stalk someone, you had to figure out where they lived, or their phone number, or whether they had pets that would rip off your face while you were trying to take pictures through their window. Even when the internet was in its youth, you still had to find out a person’s screen name to look at their profile. But…sigh…now with social networking sites like Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter, not only can you find out everything about other people, but you can probably get naked pictures of them while you’re at it. Where’s the fun in stalking?
If video games have taught us anything, it’s that the effort required to do something increases the amount of positive chemicals released when you get the reward. Before, stalking was an experience. It took days of hunting to figure out a schedule. There was a lot of planning involved and a chance that you could get caught. Sometimes, you failed. Risk and reward were prevalent. Now? The worst thing that can happen is that they only release information to their friends, and you have to click on their friends until you find one that shares information with everyone. Eventually, you still get naked pictures, and no one’s the wiser. Worse for the stalker, you could probably just friend request them and get it anyway. Who rejects those?
I just don’t understand how this never comes up in general conversation about the dangers of the internet. After all, if the stalkers aren’t stalking people, then what are they doing? It’s an intriguing question to ask, but my guess is that they’re probably thinking of new ways to bring back the hunt. That kind of thinking can only lead to murder. Or emo vampires. Holy shit, I think I just figured out how Twilight is a success.