In the 21st century, digital media has gain popularity from young adults. There are over 1 billion users solely registered on Facebook (Solberg, 2014). However, issues of privacy and publicity are being brought to attention, though it has been used in problematic ways such as academic research, personal reputation, or policing. The faulty policies of social media websites like Facebook are potentially putting users at risk and are outweighing the benefits, which in turn can negatively impact their social perceptions.
To do this, companies need to build a profile of you and your intrests in a covert way without asking you to just fill out a survey and update it every so often. Users are either knowingly or unknowingly giving up their privacy everyday by logging in, so we must ask the question: How can social media provide a false sense of security and privacy to users and why do users concerned about privacy still use social media?
Social media is everywhere and very popular all over the world. Social media is used on computers, tablets, smartphones, etc and along with the use of social media there are privacy issues that come along with it. Social media is part of everyone’s life and is hard to give up. Even though we might not think there is isn’t anything wrong with it, there is which comes down to our privacy. Our privacy is being invaded when using these popular networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, etc. Social media is here to communicate with others and build relationships not invade our privacy.
Besides annoying nature of targeted advertisements, there are much more privacy issues threaten personal information such as Stalkers, child and family abusers, employers and even governments (Jacquie Bowser, 2009). The open nature of social networks allows information seekers to find their targets easily by powerful search tools, impersonate themselves as somebody else or do some identity theft to bypass privacy options, and finally gather and analyze information about their targets by using profile info, comments, joined groups, and even his/her contacts preferences.
Social networking sites promote the sharing of personal information in the public format. Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter promote the oversharing of details of personal lives. Posts on these platforms may vary in regards to what one may be watching, or having for breakfast, or it may include pictures of one’s latest vacation or nights out with friends at a local bar. (10) Since personal information can be shared very frequently and with ease, consumers are more likely to disregard the restraint they normally would use when sharing information in regards to personal matter. (10, 11)
The dangers of putting personal information on the internet have been highly publicized since the early days of the World Wide Web. They have stemmed from credit card fraud to identity theft, child abduction and with the insurgence of social media the dangers of the internet have begun to affect more and more unsuspecting people. Take Facebook for example, most people are no stranger to the biggest social networking site on the web (hosting over 700 million profiles) and the accessibility of people’s personal information. Most are unaware of is how Facebook is profiting from the vast database of personal information; their greatest asset (Mui, 2011). Facebook uses this information to sell to advertisers so that everyone gets a personalized add that is tailored to appeal to them specifically. In the end it is the user that chooses what information they want to put on Facebook, but Facebook has the right to distribute the information how they see fit. The real issue is the amount of information that Facebook labels and default and public. While Facebook can limit the information and apply strong privacy policies this is in direct conflict with the business plan with the advertisers (Mui, 2011).
It is how you act in public with your friends at dinner or what kind of music you like. Sites such as facebook and Instagram offer people instant gratification that people are interested in their lives, In a society that is constantly worried about self-image. In fact, Time reports that scientists who studied 600 people active on Facebook found that one in three felt worse than before visiting the site. This is a prime example of how networking sites can easily become breeding grounds for self-esteem issues. People anguish over social approval in the form of a “like” on a post or an invitation to an event. Negative body image is also a result of frequent visits to these sites when people compare their pictures to those of their peers. Joan Raymond also claims that “More than 60% of social media users and nearly 50% of non-users say tech can bring out the best and worst in folks just about
Social media is a source of communication typically in the form of television, magazines, internet, social networking, and cell phones. It is a platform where the users are given opportunity to share information, and participate in social networking. Erin A. Vogel together with her colleagues, in their article titled “Social Comparison, Social Media, and Self-Esteem”, argued that using social networking websites like Facebook can have a “detrimental effects” on the users’ well-being due to the “upward social comparisons” with others. Their study mainly concentrated on social networking sites, like Facebook, and its effects. Furthermore, Chuck Hadad, in his article “Why some 13 year olds check social media 100 times a day”, explains the harmful
Some people may argue that social media dissolves boundaries. Social networks’ supporters believe that social media facilitates open communication leading to enhance information and gives opportunity for various cultures and communities to connect. Nevertheless, this point has merits on the surface and could be acceptable to an extent. It’s true that social media allows long distance communication. Yet cyberspace interaction differs from real life communication, while social networks assist open communication it also opens up the possibility for hackers to launch spam and cause privacy concerns. The main risk to preadolescents and adolescents online today are risks from each other, risks of improper use of technology, lack of privacy,
Social Networking was not just created to communicate with people through messaging but also through pictures, status updates, sharing things they enjoy, etc. There are opportunities to create profiles so that people partake in the social networking experience. Igor Pantic Head of the Laboratory at the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine stated that, “One of the possible explanations regarding the negative relationship between Facebook and self-esteem is that all social networking platforms where self-presentation is the principal user activity cause or at least promote narcissistic behavior” (Pantic). The fact of the matter is that people are intuitively putting their best foot forward, causing many to create a new persona for themselves and living that persona out through social media. Being a part of social networks also leads many to observe the carefully chosen parts of people’s lives in which they choose to share with the social online world. What is portrayed on social media are not realistic indicators of someone’s life. Social networks are like social platforms; where people are able to show case their lives (“Social Networking Sites”). This can lead a whole online society to have a misconception of what should be shared online. Social networks have been found to influence attitudes (Harell).
Social medias have become a big part of our society now, they are being used in all aspects of our life. We are connected twenty-four hours a day, at work, school, home, shopping etc. There is a necessity, a need to be connected to these social media’s, to feel like you are a part of society. With these growing numbers in being connected to social media’s on the web, there comes a growing desire for privacy and safety. In this paper I will discuss and analyze the social media’s themselves, the dangers that arise from them, and how all these correlate to privacy.
In the article, “Social Media’s Dual-Edged Sword,” (The Athlete’s Way, June 12, 2013), Christopher Bergland discusses some of the causes of narcissism and self esteem because of the social media. He found that people want to feel worthy of love and belonging, and in some ways the ‘Likes’ they get on Facebook satisfies this need in a distorted way. He thinks that people of every generation are struggling to navigate how to incorporate social media into their lives in a healthy way. Most of the middle aged adults use Facebook to gain approval from those who are already in their social circle, whereas, young people may over evaluate the importance of their opinion through Twitter. He showed a generation technology gap using the social media. He addresses that social media is a good way to be connected with the friends and family
Upon the advent of social networking websites, an entirely new level of self-expression was formed. People instantly share updates on their lives with family, friends, and colleagues, reconnecting with those they had lost contact with. Social networking has now become an integral part of contemporary society – a modern analog for catching up with friends over slow, conventional methods or finding upcoming events in newspapers. However, along with this freedom of information, the danger of revealing too much personal information has become apparent. As such, online social media poses an imminent danger to society as it blurs the line between private and public information, creating an obsession with sharing one’s personal life online.
Social networking sites like Facebook can have both negative and positive effects. Facebook can leave us feeling like we are not good enough if we don’t have enough likes on our pictures or if we do not have a certain amount of friends. While on the other hand it can make us feel empowered and worthy when we have a significant amount of likes on our picture and thousands of friends on Facebook. The following two articles argue whether or not social networking sites like Facebook, have a negative or positive effect on one’s overall well-being. As the old saying goes, there are always two sides to everything.