Acceptable Online, Outrageous Offline

February 19, 2019

I was talking to my friend O.B. this morning, and he gave me an analogy that really resonated with me. I think it's a great illustration of the differences that exist between online and offline, especially when it comes to tolerance to invasive practices.

Someone knocks on your door and offers you the following deal.

They will install a new telephone and a new 65" 4K TV in your living room for free. They will even offer you a free upgrade once a year.

In exchange:

I don't know a single person who would accept this offer in real life. Somehow, Facebook managed to have two billion of us sign up.