Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Mark Zuckerberg, huffed that re-posting her family picture without permission, which she herself had posted on Facebook, showed a lack of “human decency.” Really? As Dan Lyons wrote on Readwritesocial, “How awful this must have been for you! How… invasive. What a violation.” While it is fun to chuckle at the hypocrisy of the Zukerberg clan, it does beg the question, how much privacy do we really want?
Men, Women and Teens and Facebook Privacy
A Pew study reported by Mary Madden found that while 65% of adults have Facebook pages, only 20% of people have made them completely public. In November of 2012, Madden and colleagues reported on that 81% of parents are “concerned” about how much information their teens share online. Women were “much more likely,” 67% verses 48%, to set their Facebook setting to “friends only.”
While parents are concerned about their children’s use of Facebook, the Pew study found that age did not affect the likelihood of choosing a private setting noting, “users of all ages are equally likely to choose a private, semi-private or public setting for their profile.” Ironically, those with more education report more difficulty managing their Facebook privacy settings.
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