14 April 2010

"All I've got is a photograph" --Def Leppard


I heard on the radio this morning that a primary reason people friend you on social media sites is to have photos with which to... um... get busy. The story goes that people, well, guys, find something thrilling about having a picture of someone they know personally and that that is sufficient to... um... help the process, as it were.

The DJs went on to take calls from people who verified this. Turns out it doesn't even have to be that shot of you in your swimsuit at the beach. You can be fully clothed, standing next to the mall's Easter Bunny.

So, if creepy Wendell from Accounting wants to friend you, it may be to up more than his friend stats.

Lovely.

Now, I'll admit to being a voyeur. You post pictures of yourself, I'll probably take a peek. Saucy pictures? A longer peek. But, I have to say, I didn't see this coming.

*insert rim shot here*

*insert joke about rimming here*

*try to figure out how to get out of this reference chain here*

Question du jour to the Facebook/MySpace/TwitPic denizens: Do you care what is done with/to the pictures you post? Will knowing this tidbit affect what you post and/or who you accept as a friend?


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21 comments:

Rose said...

I have never thought of this. How naive am I.

Rose said...

meaning... I have never thought about anyone doing this with my photos. Weird.

froggy said...

I'm a frog. They can have at it. Ribbit.

Lemon Gloria said...

Aaagh! That's a creepy idea.

Titania said...

that is kind of creepy... I refuse to believe that a lot of people do this...

Shannon said...

As long as I don't ever find out, I don't really care.

So if any of my FB friends want to get their jollies while looking at a photo of me sitting on my balcony, have at it. Just promise me that the next time you come over, you won't get all excited when you look at the balcony.

Zandria said...

This is nuts! Is this some little-known secret of the male persusion, or does it really happen? Wow.

J said...

Zan, I don't see the post saying it was men looking at women, necessarily.. How sexist of you :)

And while I'm sure there's certainly a handful of people out there doing this, I'm pretty sure it's not anyone we know...

Liebchen said...

I just don't want to know. At all.

And I can't imagine that anyone would tell me if they did.

Mac and Cheese said...

If someone wants to get off using a pic of me, more power to them!

The Bug said...

I gotta say that if someone gets off on MY picture then they're in a very sad place - so if I can offer them a bit of temporary joy, more power to them.

Mike said...

I've got a feeling my picture would be on a dart board.

Kate said...

Hahah! This is awesome!

Bowie Mike said...

And you tell me this right after I accepted a friend request from my neighbor Greg.

Lori said...

Awesome. I'll take what I can get.

On a very serious note, it does bother me, with pictures of my kids. the Man and I were discussing taking them all down last night.

Maya said...

ewwwwwwwwwwwww! I'd rather not think about it. But then again, people can do whatever they want in their imaginations. *considering unfriending a few people now*

Pauline said...

Yes, this certainly affects what I post and who I accept as a friend. But we've all got strange habits/fetishes/turn-ons, its all relative to the person. You could be best friends with someone for years and still not know what goes in in the dark recesses of their brain. (Which is probably a good thing! LOL)

Toe said...

This post just creeped me the F out. Now I'm going to have to look at all my pictures and wonder if they are masturbation inducing. Thanks.

girlofwords said...

You know, I think it's much like food from McDonald's. If I don't have to see how it's made, I can eat it just the same.

If I don't have to see, or know, someone's using my pictures for that stuff, I don't think much about it.

Reya Mellicker said...

One of the great things about looking like a grandma is that there is no danger that someone will use my picture to jack off with. It's a relief, it really is.

Photos that are precious to me I keep off the internet, including the blog. Once I post something - anything - I figure it's in the public domain and anyone can use it for whatever they want.

lacochran said...

Rose: I hadn't either. Now I can't "un-know" it.

froggy: But a sexy frog, yes?

Lemon Gloria: I know.

Titania, Liebchen, girlofwords: Denial ain't just a river.

Shannon: You said *pant*pant* balcony...

Zandria: According to the female callers, men have admitted this to them. I notice very few men are commenting here. Hmmm.

J: You can't really be sure, can you... The DJs were talking about men looking at women but, let's face it, any combination is possible.

Mac and Cheese, The Bug: Either very open-minded of you or very pragmatic. PS to The Bug: You do have your mouth open.

Mike: :)

Kate: Um, so glad it made you happy.

Bowie Mike: Does he mow his lawn in short shorts when you're home?

Lori: Kids are a whole 'nother matter. No joke.

Maya: ew, indeed.

Pauline: No probably about it. It's a very good thing.

Toe: My job is done.

Reya Mellicker: You don't look like a grandma and you know it.