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, it is not the “choose to share” that Brandee Barker (responsible for corporate communications at Facebook) mentions, but rather the loss of control over one's own data.
But I asked myself: why should a user make all private information about himself accessible to the public? ElizabethNoelle-Neumann gives in her book “Die Schweigespirale. Public opinion - our social skin ”gives a reason that could at least partly speak for such 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 on 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
In 2006, they found in the study “Imagined Communities: Awareness, Information Sharing, and Privacy on the Facebook” that the majority of users state that they use Facebook to get to know new classmates or to find old ones again.
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.
At the time, the users also saw the advantage of sharing just enough information about themselves to have enough “fun” on Facebook. However, they were not very concerned about the release of this information. The argument for this was the selection that each user made in the run-up to the information message.
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