We just want to get to know you
Facebook - we just want to get to know you Under this motto is this satirical video that Alexander Lehman has made about the world's most successful social network and his privacy tricks for the NDR show Extra3.
Even though the video is a few years old, it has lost none of its relevance. But why is that and why do so many users handle their data with such care?
The end of the private life?
Facebook founder Zuckerberg said in January 2010 believes that people have become used to sharing more information on the Internet with a larger number of people. Does this mean the end of privacy?
Rather not. For, on closer inspection of the public discussion on the privacy settings of Facebook, it becomes clear that the users partly surrender ignorance of the various possibilities of privacy settings on Facebook their private data to the public.
Control loss instead of freedom of choice?
In this case, this is not the "choose to share" mentioned by Brandee Barker (responsible for corporate communications on Facebook), the "voluntary choice" of sharing information or data, but rather the loss of control over one's own data.
But what I asked myself was: Why should a user ever make any private information about themselves available to the public? ElizabethNoelle-Neumann gives in her book "The Silent Spiral. Public opinion - our social skin "a reason that could at least partly speak for such a behavior:
It is his fear of isolation, of contempt, of unpopularity; it is his need for approval by the environment. This keeps his attention strained to the environment, so that one can speak of the public as a state of consciousness.
Fear of isolation
An important reason would be the fear of isolation. In terms of Facebook, this means that the user is trying to "belong" to a particular network. For example, to Facebook.
Alessandro Acquisti, apl. Professor for Information Technology and Privacy at Carnegie Mellon University and Ralph Gross Researcher at the Data Privacy Lab Research Group at Carnegie Mellon University.
Study says: Users just want to keep in touch
They found 2006 in the Imagined Communities: Awareness, Information Sharing, and Privacy on the Facebook study that most users say they use Facebook to meet new classmates or find old ones.
In addition, respondents find it convenient in this way to get in touch with other Facebook users.
Little concern about privacy
Surprisingly, the result is that other possibilities such as partner search, the search for people with similar interests and the extended display of information about themselves 2006 are still classified as very low.
In addition, the users even then saw the advantage in just enough information about themselves to be able to have enough "fun" on Facebook. However, they were not worried about the release of this information. The argument for this was the selection that each user made in advance of the information release.
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