What is the value of your privacy?
As internet and technology in general becomes more developed, the privacy online automatically becomes an issue. Nowadays, it is possible to do every day activities just by using certain features on a mobile phone. However, people perhaps are forgetting that their phones are exposing important information about themselves and even creating a different picture of who they actually are. This is because our phones don’t just store our contacts, photos or calls but also social network logins, web history and even your bank details.
Social networks has compromised our privacy even more as it manages to indirectly gather important information about users and what interests them. Without awareness, people tend to give away much more than just an opinion of who they are interested in or what they have watched the day before on television. The internet has a smart way of approaching their users as it may all begin with a ‘log in faster by entering your phone number’. Little do they know that a phone number can hold information about a person such as linking your facebook friends list with your contacts or transferring money to someone on your contact list.
Teenagers are frequent users of social networks. This is an arising danger as they are the generation who thinks they ‘have nothing to hide’. This is because they are confusing privacy with secrecy. At this time it is certain that the majority of teenagers have a passcode on their phones and I can assure you that rarely or very often they will hand you their phones allowing you to go through all their chats and pictures. If this doesn’t happen it’s because they are hiding something. Not just them, but everybody! Privacy is what makes us human! However, young people may not be aware of how dangerous and serious sharing so much important information online can be. They are simply being exposed to a world that stores everything and forgets that at any time it can be used against them. This is the reason why parents are being more active users of social networking such as Facebook and Instagram.
Teenagers are interested in showing the Internet what they do but when it comes to parents finding out they show a lot of concern about ‘invasion of privacy’. It is important to always remind ourselves that being in public is different of being public. Therefore, teenagers are not always aware of what they should or should not make public, that is the reason why parents are claiming that they have the right to know what goes on in their child’s social life. However, teenagers argue that they need their own private space.The book ‘It’s complicated’ by Danah Boyd helps us to understand that parents and teens have completely different view on what privacy really means.
Overall, we can agree that if something is on Internet it is no longer private. We should be realistic and realize that privacy is something we lost control of once it is online, however we can still manage what goes online and we should decide how much we value our privacy.
It’s complicated: The social Llives of Networked Teens by Danah Boyde. (2014).