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Signs You're an Internet Stalker

8 Signs Your Internet Snooping Is Out of Control

We've all done it. Whether it's your ex-boyfriend or your boyfriend's ex — or just a friend of a friend whose life you find fascinating — the instant gratification of checking in on his or her online life is a temptation that's hard to deny.

Snooping is harmless if infrequent, but the slip from a few times a year to a few times a month, week, or day is swift. Now that Facebook has changed its privacy settings, it's once again easy to get details on anyone and view photos of everyone. At least for everyone who hasn't updated their settings! Whether your vice is personal blogs, Twitter, or Facebook, here are eight signs your snooping has gone too far.

  1. You find yourself pretending you don't know things.
  2. Snooping is a part of your Internet routine.
  3. You haven't told anyone about it.
  4. You follow friends of friends (and of friends!) of the person you originally snooped on.
  5. There's often nothing new when you snoop.

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  1. You befriend a friend of a stalkee (on- or offline).
  2. You've recognized people at parties — or on the street.
  3. You defend yourself by saying things like "hey, they put it out there!"

Are you guilty of any? I am.

Join The Conversation
amber512 amber512 6 years
I have totally found out things about people by random clicking that I often have to pretend I don't know. While they put it out there, I feel like I shouldn't really know what I do. So I try not to think about it... lol
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 6 years
I did this once years ago with a guy I was dating. My curiosity was peeked when I caught him in a couple of lies. I didn't find anything I didn't expect to find but what disturbed me was his folder of provocative photos was right on his desktop in an unsecured folder on the same pc his children use to do their homework when they were over. Uhm awkward!
zeze zeze 6 years
I've recognized people I don't know, although that's usually because we have a lot of mutual friends and they get tagged in all the friend's pictures or comment a lot. Eventually, at a wedding or some other big party you see them and go...where do I know that person from? lol
Lyv Lyv 7 years
LOL! I'm a little guilty of #1 but I wouldn't consider myself a stalker. I just... like being in the loop you know ? It's not always about one specific person, either.
lauraxtc lauraxtc 7 years
I have been guilty of half of these. (how sad) But I finally let it go and deleted myspace.
Veka Veka 7 years
Never. I can honestly say that I couldn't care less. The only time I click on someone's profile is if I'm going to write them a message, or if some of their pictures show up in my news feed (wedding pics, new baby pics, etc). My ex posts on my wall every once in a while and I just ignore them. I haven't been on his facebook profile since the day I helped him make it. I'm just not the type of person who wants to know that kind of stuff.
chillchic chillchic 7 years
LOL. I, 3, and 4 I am soooo guilty of.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
all of these pertain to me, except befriending a friend of the snoopee
raganwalker raganwalker 7 years
Guilty...I think everyone has done it at least once!
gigilgirl gigilgirl 7 years
YES!:)) I'm getting better at it! :)) It helped me once though!
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
I'm so guilty of 1! 'Oh really? I didn't know they broke up!' Yeah right, saw he changed his relationship status right after he did it ;)
janneth janneth 7 years
Some people just don't get the new facebook settings. You can snoop even if you don't want to.
divinedebris divinedebris 7 years
Ouch, 1, 3 and 5 are all my numbers. I do look at people just because I'm curious and it's pretty simple. I laughed when I read this because I guess I could be so much worse.
French-Kiss French-Kiss 7 years
Hum actually i don't follow people, and don't party, but for the 8, 3, 5 it's fearfully true xD
French-Kiss French-Kiss 7 years
Oh gosh, totaly my type :o
Advah Advah 7 years
Oh, tell me about Fbk's settings update...!
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 7 years
Ah, such freedom when you don't slut yourself out to these superficial social outlets, if you can even call them that.
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