Suyin Aerts
May 31, 2024


After a funny story you can read on my LinkedIn profile, I started thinking about the concept of being incognito a little more. Let me give you the story short : I was seated next to a very famous author and did not recognize him. Probably because I was in an incognito modus myself.

The extra funny thing is that after that moment I got recognized twice this week from a role I played many years ago.

But it comes with the job sometimes. You can not be the Prime Minister of a country and expect not to get recognized, or be a moderator on stage and expect people will not remember what you did. But a teacher will get recognized by its pupils, a pharmacist, a doctor, a journalist, a singer. Being very famous must be hard because you probably really want to escape from time to time and get in that real incognito status.

Honestly I wonder sometimes how it must be as a very famous person when you meet a new person and you actually do not need to present yourself. Hi, I suppose you know who I am. :-)

But let's face it in our hyper-connected world, privacy has become a rare commodity. Every click, search, and scroll is meticulously tracked, analyzed, and often monetized.

Incognito browsing, a feature offered by most web browsers, allows users to explore the internet without leaving a trace of their activities on their devices. Using incognito mode can also be seen as a psychological necessity. Just as we need moments of solitude and reflection in our physical lives, we require spaces in our digital existence where we can think, search, and explore freely, without fear of judgment or repercussion.

So I wonder if we should try to understand and use features like incognito mode more often?

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