Why do we like to look at others through social software? Why, why, because we want to observe others, and open a "separate account" to secretly pay attention to it?

In early October 2019, Instagram announced that it would remove the "tracking" feature, and once it was removed, users would no longer know who the person they were tracking was like and who was friends. The new policy appears to give users more privacy, but it also brings down another part of the population - no longer being able to peek at others.

Why do we like to look at others through social software? And why do we feel broken down about "not being able to see others"? Why, then, do we secretly pay attention to it by opening a "separate account" because we want to watch others?

These acts are in fact related to the "peeping culture".

What do you want to open a "small account"? Track your ex, the haters, express your feelings

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Fifty separate anonymity on the internet is not tired at all
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Play parting games on the network, really not tired at all? On Instagram, a social software with a large number of users, there is a quiet "small account" atmosphere. The so-called small account, is to open a separate account. The use of separate accounts varies from person to person, some people take it as a classification, some people take to peep into other people's lives, some people take it to express their feelings. This is what works with Instagram's interface design.

Because once this account is tracked or set up as a public account, the tracking list is clear to others. Your tracked meme account, beauty account, photography account, etc., all your preferences, are on the tracking list.

Therefore, in order not to let privacy is seen light, open small accounts gradually become a well-known, but have a tacit avoidance of things.

In addition to protecting privacy, small accounts also satisfy the instinctive human desire to spy. Whether it's tracking down an already unconnected ex-partner, a current partner's ex-partner, someone you hate, or someone who likes it and wants to hide it, it's a source of curiosity.

And about voyeurism, Canadian writer Hall. Nizevich, with his own experience of integrating multi-person interviews, wrote "I Love Voyeur: The Age of Collective Love for Voyeurism and Voyeurism," which mentions:

Anyone who has spent hours reading a friend's profile page, or a friend's profile page, will know what peeping is about. It's about you letting the tide of the Internet take you around and feel the passage of time; it's also about you wanting to know everything about everyone and making sure everyone knows everything about you.

The development of science and technology, so that peeping is becoming more and more simple, we just open a small account, become another parting, can be legitimate, have excuses, observe the lives of others. But while "opening a small account" can satisfy a momentary voyeurism, the emotional processing after the fact can take a long time. (Recommended reading: Modern people's peeping desire!) "The Tenant downstairs": Pain, is the most luxurious interpretation of love)


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Curiosity is satisfied while comparative psychology is stimulated.

Remember a friend with five accounts around, once described the small account brought about by the pleasure:

"Everyone knows it's important to have a good life, but this "good" is actually compared. When I see the original bitter break-up of the former partner is not really good, and then compare their own life, as if "better"; 」

The desire to peep is satisfied, but what really needs to be dealt with may be the subsequent emotional response. Psychologist Chen Zhiheng has been in the "not relatively will die!" Why do we hate comparisons but always love comparisons? The article mentions:

Behavioral economists have studied human life satisfaction or happiness indicators, and found that how a person defines his or her happiness is often compared to others. This is the case with the so-called "inequality without widowhood".

Through comparison, we will jump out of personal subjective thinking, with the standards of others, other people's perspective to examine themselves, think that as long as better than the other side, that is good. But why do we want to jump out of personal subjective thoughts? Why do we need to look at our lives from someone else's point of view? (Recommended reading: Don't compare again!) ) )

Why don't we take the right to life, the standard of assessment of the individual, back in our hands?

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Lightly call peeping, heavy call cyberstalking

The above discussion about opening a small account, seems to be just a life choice, a little less obsessive words, called peeping, but if the degree of fascination is getting higher and higher, even for this really to harass, disturb others, that is, cyberstalking, is a criminal act.

According to Wikipedia, cyberstalking is defined as a network use that involves monitoring, stealing, harassing, defrauding others, or in any form (e-mail, private messages, web calls, etc.). We often hear that "someone's account has been stolen" is also a case of cybertalking.

Technology is evolving with the times, and the way they are used is constantly changing, but the fact that "peeping" has been a common hobby of mankind long before the technology is less developed, including the 1998 film "The World of Chumen" and the constant introduction of new, 24-hour online reality shows that reflect the prevalence of peeping culture.

As the online community thrives, we must also be aware of the dangers behind it and be careful and careful to protect ourselves. Remember, "You don't do things in public, and don't do it openly on the Internet."

And back to the beginning, do not talk about criminal acts, if only look at "open a small account to observe others"? On the psychological level, it is true to satisfy curiosity and get great pleasure from it, but is it better to be teased into endless comparisons? Looking at the lives of more others, comparing their differences with others, really help individuals?

I don't think it is. What about you?