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How do you deal with embarrassing digital moments?




Pictures appear on the smartphone photo sharing application Instagram on April 10, 2012 in Paris.
Pictures appear on the smartphone photo sharing application Instagram on April 10, 2012 in Paris.
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Accidental reply-alls, unintended uploads, autocorrect mishaps, and undeleted photos. Almost everyone has a story of a digital mishap that left them feeling embarrassed.

With the number of devices we use daily ever-growing and the number of ways to interact always changing, it’s hard to keep track of our digital behavior. Accidentally sharing something in the cloud, replying to the whole office on a private work email, or texting the wrong person is just the tip of the iceberg.

Not everyone’s story of digital embarrassment is quite as extreme as the plot of the new movie Sex Tape, starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, but even a relatively minor technological flub can leave someone blushing.

What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you online? How did you deal with the fallout? Is digital embarrassment as tangible as an offline incident?

Guest:

Karen North, Ph.D., Director, Annenberg Program on Online Communities, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; psychologist specializing in online communities