So onto the proverbial meat of our blog post. Social trends. Specifically, those in the privacy area. So, let's start from the very beginning; a very good place to start.
However, when people started grouping together and creating whole countries, it became (obviously) harder to know exactly what everyone else was up to. That close-knit community feeling was eradicated by the pure number of people in any community. The population kept going up, too. People felt safer within a bigger community. Everyone had their little job to do. Good for them.
But with larger communities came larger countries. Gasp! That meant people got cut off more easily, living in the suburbs of a city (eg. Rome), or in rural areas. People got cut off. The feeling got around everyone in the suburbs that they didn't matter to the city-folk, so they started living their own lives, and being more private. The city-folk felt like the suburban dwellers had all the space and privacy, and that they were stuck in a built-up area, so became even more private. With the increasing population, everyone wanted a bit of peace and quiet, and some space of their own.
|Why hello there we are all Victorian very posh you know check our hair OMG|
|Why ello there how may I direct your plug and string?|
And so, when phones automatically directed you to another number, and the operators were no longer needed, people needed someone to tell their troubles to. And who better to talk to than each other! Yay, the 60s were in full swing and people were lovin' it.
|Facebook; keeping you occupied with joining pointless groups since forever|
And it didn't stop there; Twitter showed us that, if you haven't heard enough menial crap from your friends already, you can hear menial crap from your friends in smaller portions! Hurrah!
But all this interactivity has a downside; let's get to it. With all people in the same place; be it outside shopping and in cafés or online on Facebook, messages can get to more people, quicker than ever before. And by messages I mean advertising. Adverts can access millions on audiences by being displayed on the Facebook homepage or in shopping malls or on buildings. People are going places, and in those places are more advertising opportunities.
So all this advertising will lead to a conclusion to this essay. We've gone out with our friends, but advertising is becoming more and more apparent and impeding on our personal space more and more. People can find out anything about you from your online profile; the Victorian privacy that we had 200 years ago is nearly gone. Soon enough, we'll want out. We'll want some of our own space. And how can we help this? By designing products and services to help users have some privacy amidst the bombardment of advertising and social media.
We can design interior spaces and furniture to help create a sense of privacy, much like Eero Aarnio's Ball Chair back in the 60s; we can design websites and operating systems to make the user at least feel like they have some privacy online and with their personal files. And, I predict, these changes will happen and will bring us back into a more private age. Which, all things considered, doesn't seem that bad.