Use Facebook on your Android device? Better watch out.

I am sharing my personal experiences here. And I promise the readers that neither my experiences, nor the conclusions are based on any conspiracy theory floating around in the internet.

I always believed that using Android phone was a bad idea, may be becuase I was never impressed by Google in their privacy policies - well, I’ll try to share the reasons for that sometime later. However, that uneasiness rised to a level of alertness when I started observing something strange - someone (or something) appeared to me as eavesdropping on my private in-person conversations at my home.

It all started with certain health related discussion. The time when I used to be regular in my office gym, one of my colleagues introduced me to a certain workout - planks, in which you just have to support your body over the hands and the toes with the rest of the body positioned like a “plank”.

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However, this was not just as easy as it sounds, it is very difficult for a man of average fitness to remain in this position for over two minutes - this had really surprised me. But that was many years ago, way before my marriage. Around an year back, when I started to get fitness concious again, one of the first things that came to my mind was planks and I started doing it and boasting about my progress to my wife. She had never heard of “planks” before ever in her life till then. However, after a few days of talkings over it, she started getting Facebook feeds particularly about “planks”. I am quite sure that neither of us has ever lookup up on the internet on planks. As I was already irritated with Google, I took it for granted that Google might be eavesdropping on our conversations through her Android phone.

That reminded me of a certain conversation with a friend of mine some time back. He had complained of Ads., related to something he had spoken only over the phone - no googling, no social media activity. I spoke of my experience and the incident that occured to my friend, with my colleagues and friends. Strangely, most of them have faced similar incidents. Many had reported seeing feeds on items from their verbal conversations. But somehow, the focus was fully on the immoralities of Google, until a recent day when something similar happened.