September 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm #180035
IMO an interesting study even if limited in size and the source being Europe which has a somewhat different attitude about privacy
Published by Mary Ann Liebert Inc.
Title: Who Commits Virtual Identity Suicide? Differences in Privacy Concerns, Internet Addiction, and Personality Between Facebook Users and Quitters
Authors: Stefan Stieger, Christoph Burger, Manuel Bohn, and Martin Voracek
Social networking sites such as Facebook attract millions of users by offering highly interactive social communications. Recently, a counter movement of users has formed, deciding to leave social networks by quitting their accounts (i.e., virtual identity suicide). To investigate whether Facebook quitters (n=310) differ from Facebook users (n=321), we examined privacy concerns, Internet addiction scores, and personality. We found Facebook quitters to be significantly more cautious about their privacy, having higher Internet addiction scores, and being more conscientious than Facebook users. The main self-stated reason for committing virtual identity suicide was privacy concerns (48 percent). Although the adequacy of privacy in online communication has been questioned, privacy is still an important issue in online social communications.
September 18, 2013 at 7:01 pm #180038
Commentary from NakedSecurity Blog:
Half of Facebook-quitters leave over privacy concerns
Facebook, which boasts over a billion users, is by far and away the largest social network in the world. In fact, many of us would be hard pressed to name any of our own contacts who are not already registered.
Lately, however, there’s been a trend for people to disconnect from the network. Specialised sites such as The Suicide Machine and Seppukoo (both now unavailable due to issues with the social giant) made it easy for users to delete their content and contacts before having a new and inaccessible password set on their behalf in order to block their return.
So why are people committing “virtual identity suicide”?
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