Throughout the years we have faced plenty of issues related to privacy and stress by social media. Social media has gotten more and more influential in our lives, and during this internet age, many of us would be lost without it. As stated by Claire Suddath, “checking e-mail in the bathroom and sleeping with your cell phone by your bed are now considered normal.” (Suddath 501) The internet has become a huge web of things where you can find information of anything and everything that you could possibly want to learn about. We have turned to social media to put our information out into the public for anyone to see and read about what is going on. This seems like a great idea at first but the more personal information you put out for the world to see, the more stress and anxiety you are likely to face.
Sharing personal information online through social media is becoming increasingly popular. This is evident because Facebook has reached five hundred million members. The rising popularity of social media raises many privacy concerns. In February 2012, the Federal Trade Commission advocated that companies must adopt stronger restrictions on tracking individuals’ online activities. The FTC also urged the cell phone industry incorporate more privacy safeguards into their products. The main issue is that should the U.S government regulate privacy on social-networking sites to protect members’ information.
The dictionary defines social media as websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking. To society, we recognize social media as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. Social media is a global phenomenon that can be recognized all around the world by people of different ages. We have gotten to the point where individuals as young as five years old are able to recognize what social media is before they can even read. The power bestowed by social media gives people the ability to find out what is happening in the lives of other people and give people insight into what is happening in our own life. However, has our society taken the social media trend overboard? Social media has placed the idea that posting every event that occurs in a person’s life is acceptable, whether it be what a person had for breakfast or what a person did that day. Privacy has become non existent. It has made individuals consumed in what other people are doing, rather than focusing on bettering their own life. A majority of the population bases what they post on these websites
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.
Social media sites make it easy to access and share private information, which allows users to be manipulated by marketers who use this information to present specific advertisements. People who have accounts on websites such as Facebook and LinkedIn often reveal more personal information than intended, making it easy to become careless with posting things online. In the Forbes article “Social Media Privacy: A Contradiction In Terms?” Naomi Troni states “With all the time we spend online and all the forums we frequent, it’s no wonder most of us have grown accustomed to doling out little snippets of personal information with
Using the informal tone he enhances his argument by providing several thought-provoking statements that allow the reader to see the logic in the article, “Social media is designed for the information shared on it to be searched, and shared- and mined for profit… When considering what to share via social media, don 't think business vs. personal. Think public vs. private. And if something is truly private, do not share it on social media out of a misplaced faith in the expectation of privacy” (134). The reader should agree with Edmond that when posting or being a part of the social media bandwagon, you’re life and decisions will be up for display. Moreover, the business vs. personal and public vs. private point is accurate and logical, because evidently if you post something on any social media outlet you should expect that anyone and everyone can see it, regardless of your privacy settings. Edmond highlights that Facebook along with other social networking sites change their privacy settings whenever they please without
Social Networks are tools that let us communicate with friends and family, share our lives with them, learn about theirs, and sometimes even to establish new relationships. Social Networks sites are being broadly used by youth and adults all over the world, the former being, the main target market of the largest Social Network of the world, Facebook. Social media should have stricter rules on privacy because information can be shared with others, having contacts can effect someone personally, and hacking can be a problem.
What is privacy? Google defines privacy as the ability of an individual or group to seclude themselves, or information about themselves, and thereby express themselves selectively. But is that everyone’s definition of privacy? Definitely not. The issue about privacy and how online social networks leak personal information is constantly being debated by writers. The articles “How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life” by Jon Ronson, “What ‘Public’ means Now” by Clay Shirky, “Why Facebook Privacy Settings Don’t Matter” by John C. Dvorak, and “Privacy and Social Media” by Theodore F. Claypoole all argue about the what the main issue is with online privacy. Is it Facebook’s fault, the internet’s fault, or an individual’s fault? Each person thinks that it is something different which is why this issue has yet to be solved. With personal information becoming more and more public each day, everyone agrees that there is an issue with online privacy. However, a solution would emerge much quicker if everyone debating the issue agreed on who
Over the past two decades there is a sudden rise in the social networking sites like Facebook, twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram etc. which is related to digital media. Today social networking is the best way to relax yourself after a stressful, hectic and boring day. It keeps track of all your activities, but if we are talking about social networking it does not go mutually with the privacy because social networking is more to deal with the sharing of videos ,photos, files etc. or we can say best way of communicating your thoughts and get connected with the world.
When it comes to social media, I found this information that explains it well. (Endangering their right to privacy 2010) states “Communications and personal information that are posted online are usually accessible to a vast number of people. Yet when personal data exist online, they may be searched, reproduced and mined by advertisers, merchants, service providers or even stalkers. Many users know what may happen to their information, while at the same time they act as though their data is private or intimate. They expect their privacy will not be infringed while they willingly share personal information with the world via social network sites, blogs, and in online communities.” Unfortunately, people should expect that social media is not private and should not share anything they consider private on these shared networks, as they are exactly that, shared.
One day I travelled in Italy, in there I met my new friend Patricia. She asked me if I had Facebook. This is my first time to heard Facebook, Since Facebook was blocked in China.I asked my friend what Facebook was. She told me that Facebook was a social media to contact with friends and make new friend. She asked me to create a new account in Facebook. I said:" Ok, I will create it right now." After creating Facebook, I liked chatting with friends in the messenger, sharing my life with my friends, reading interesting posts. I also made some new friends from Facebook. I thought that Facebook was a great invention. I did not have privacy awareness until I read this news. One day I read news as usual, one article grabbed my attention. It was
Whether you ‘like’ it or not, Social Media is having a major impact on the legal battlefield and both individuals and corporations need to navigate this world very carefully.
In the previous decade, the development of social networking and online innovation has changed the meaning of privacy and has changed societies around the globe. For instance, protection began to lose its unique meaning of "the state or state of being free from being watched or bothered by other individuals" since technological advancements. Privacy could now be defined as: the state or state of being free from being watched or irritated by other individuals face-to-face. In the past decade, one of the greatest innovations ever to be created has been the development of social networking. Even with all the advantages of social networking such as reconnecting with friends and loved ones and
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)
Social media companies have complete control a their users information and can do what they want with it. Now if those companies went spreading the information, no one would use their sites but they can make changes to privacy setting that make it easier for anyone to view information of other users. For example, Facebook has privacy settings so your information is not out for public viewing, but a while back they changed the default privacy setting to make all your information viewable to the public unless you changed it. There was an uproar and everyone felt they were trying to be sneaky about it because they did not give any notice when they did it, but Facebook claimed they were not trying to do anything fallacious. Social media companies have to be careful when doing anything with privacy settings because people get extremely defensive regarding their information. There is also a level of comfort that comes with age. The older generations have no trust when it comes to putting their information online. Most feel as if they are being tricked in some way. But the generation kids are growing up in now, all their trust is put in the internet. Kids and young adults will put all their information online because that is how the world functions. In today’s world, if you are not putting all your information online and using your phone and laptop to get everything done, you are inefficient. And this