Truly, it seems to me that much like the infinite compassion evident in most of humanity, the infinite generosity of spirit and the infinite hope of people that things will turn out for the best, there is another infinite dimension to human nature: stupidity.
Users of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter have been warned by police after two men were convicted of burgling a house whose owners had advertised the fact they were away.
Perhaps I’m just paranoid, but even in the days before Twitter and Facebook, when all we had for discussion the finer points of who was a bigger Nazi on the internet was access to forums, or even in the days before that, when all we had was email or bulletin boards, it seemed like an eminently reasonable thing not to tell the world in some insecure forum what your plans were for the weekend. When arranging social gatherings where “naughty things” might happen, it seemed prudent not to advertise these widely, lest some prodnose arrive to tell you off, or even worse, engage the authorities to do so.
I am constantly amazed how my friends tweet and facebook their every move, their travel plans and every other aspect of their lives. I never do this, for exactly the reason that I’m not sure whether a friend of mine might have a friend, or a friend of a friend, who is not pure of heart and noble of deed.
The next time you brag on Facebook or on Mumsnet of your impending trip to the Caribbean, or even say that you’re going out for dinner tonight, remember that you might well be advertising to some nefarious person that your home is open for their business while you’re out living it up.
All actions have potential consequences, and sometimes these are not good.