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Can you turn off your 'social self?'

  • HLN's Digitial Lifestyle Expert Mario Armstrong talks to social SXSW-ers
  • Apps tell people where you are, who you are with, what you are saying
  • How does an active participant in the social media landscape maintain privacy?

You go to the coffee shop around the corner every day. Your favorite show is Nancy Grace. You just got a great deal on Hot Pockets. You average a 47 minute 10k (not too shabby). How do we know all this about you? We're watching you. And so are all the people you are connected to on your social networks like Foursquare, GetGlue, Shopkick, Nike+GPS and Twitter, not to mention the omni-present Facebook.

It's fun to share with friends (and strangers) using these apps... but what happens when it's private time? How do you separate the "social" you from the "I want to be alone" you?

HLN Digital Lifestyle Expert Mario Armstrong asked some of the plugged-in participants at the South By Southwest Music/Film/Digital festival going on in Austin to find out how they manage to stay on the grid, but off the radar.

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