Is YOUR Phone Listening?
Grab your tin-foil hats or the updated version, an EMF radiation protection beanie cap, and let’s dive into our new reality of smartphone eavesdropping.
Today we will unravel the peculiar tale of how our phones have turned into sneaky cyborg sidekicks, attentively listening to every word we say and direct our social media feeds towards our heart’s desires or recent conversations.
Brace yourself for a wild ride!
Overheard Phone Conversations: This past weekend I was visiting with a new friend. We were discussing her experience with her ex-husbands and how she was lucky she got out of those relationships because they were so terrible. I told her about my ex-husband and we had a lot of fun comparing tales.
The next day, when I checked my Instagram, my feed was completely different. There were SO many stories in my feed about ex-husbands and ex-boyfriends and how people got even. I just skipped past them hoping they would get the hint and stop showing them to me. But they are still there!
I couldn’t ignore the fact that my phone must have been listening! None of these topics had been in my feed before, why now? Coincidence? Think again!
When Siri Plays Detective: We’ve all had that jaw-dropping moment when our voice-activated assistants chime in uninvitedly. Whether it’s Siri, Alexa, or my favorite, Google Assistant. They’re always eagerly standing by, ready to solve the mysteries of your everyday life questions.
Or when they chime in with an answer to something you were talking about, but not directly asking the assistant for input? Doesn't that mean they are ALWAYS listening?
And what if their eavesdropping tendencies go beyond answering “How tall is Mount Everest,” and dive into the realm of advertising?
New Age Advertisers, Your Unseen BFFs: Think advertisers have taken a backseat in this stealthy game? They’re the backstage maestros orchestrating this amazing symphony of subliminal messages.
Analyzing the vast amount of personal data our phones collect, advertisers infiltrate our social media feeds with surgical precision, displaying products and services they know we want before we even know we want them. It’s like they’re silently, playing cupid, bringing products and consumers together in a grand love affair!
I lingered on a product on Instagram, Lomi, and now it’s all over my feed, along with extra coupons to buy now. The problem is I am now so tempted and actually want to buy it. I guess that maybe their advertising tactic works?
Whispers in the Algorithmic Wind: You might be wondering, “How does this sorcery work?” Brace yourself for the magic of algorithms, the little elves secretly running the show. These digital elves silently listen to our conversations, scrutinize our online behavior, and connect the dots to ensure we are bombarded with ads that pique our interest.
So, the next time you think you’re talking privately about your secret obsession with gourmet cheese, don’t be surprised when ads for a cheese-of-the-month subscription mysteriously pop up in your newsfeed.
Privacy…Shmivacy?: Now, before we start construction of an aluminum fortress, remember that while our phones may be acting as our virtual nosy neighbors, our conversations alone are likely not enough to crack the security code.
Still, it is essential to be mindful of the digital boundaries we set for ourselves, keeping a watchful eye on unseen tendrils of Big Brother and his adoring marketing minions.
We know that our phones have become spies of a different kind - a little Sherlock Holmes, a tad matchmaker, and definitely mischief creators when it comes to keeping us up to date with the latest trends.
So the next time you encounter an eerily accurate advertisement, raise your eyebrow, chuckle knowingly, and remember that technology has embraced its inner James Bond, always watching, always listening…and, of course, always advertising!