Teens, Social Media, and Privacy

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    Henry Brown

    Interesting numbers;

    Pew’s definition of social media includes Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn and networking sites such as Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr …

    The sample size 820 users would personaly give me pause prior to accepting these results/numbers as gospel…

    Assuming that a significant percentage of those surveyed do not change thier attitudes when ariving in the workforce, I can visualize that there will need to be some changes put in place especially with the Security people and to a lesser degree the social media managers….

    A PEW Internet Survey:


    Teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they have in the past, but they are also taking a variety of technical and non-technical steps to manage the privacy of that information. Despite taking these privacy-protective actions, teen social media users do not express a high level of concern about third-parties (such as businesses or advertisers) accessing their data; just 9% say they are “very” concerned.

    Key findings include:

    Teens are sharing more information about themselves on their social media profiles than they did when we last surveyed in 2006:

    • 91% post a photo of themselves, up from 79% in 2006.
    • 71% post their school name, up from 49%.
    • 71% post the city or town where they live, up from 61%.
    • 53% post their email address, up from 29%.
    • 20% post their cell phone number, up from 2%.

    60% of teen Facebook users set their Facebook profiles to private (friends only), and most report high levels of confidence in their ability to manage their settings.

    56% of teen Facebook users say it’s “not difficult at all” to manage the privacy controls on their Facebook profile.
    33% Facebook-using teens say it’s “not too difficult.”
    8% of teen Facebook users say that managing their privacy controls is “somewhat difficult,” while less than 1% describe the process as “very difficult.”

    Download Entire Survey (PDF File)

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