What I found most interesting in this module is the concept of today’s generation having to sacrifice their privacy in order to have an online social life. It’s obvious that you pretty much have to be online to have any communication with each other these days.
I can personally relate to this, within university when I have been put in groups to present with people I haven’t met before, I don’t know how I would have kept in contact with my peers and organised our meet ups without Facebook.
Social networks like Facebook allow you to communicate with pretty much everyone, wherever they live, for free. It allows you to keep in contact and updated with people that live so far away you’d never otherwise know about their lives. But at what cost can we get these social benefits?
We have to give a photo, a name, an email, your birthday and a password just to have a Facebook page. If you were to read the Facebook terms and conditions when you sign up, they say that they can use your photos and collect your information for their own use. Not only this but you can never actually delete your Facebook, only deactivate it, meaning your profile is never really gone. People who use the site tend to get dragged into it as well and begin to share their whole lives with their Facebook friends, photos, videos, locations, statuses sharing what they’ve been up too.
Facebook has 1.3 billion users world wide, it’s fair to say the majority of people have an account and so if you don’t then your at a massive disadvantage of a social life and communication. So ask yourself is your social life online worth your privacy?