Are you being more private on Facebook?

Filed Under: Facebook, Privacy, Social networks

Facebook logoA study shows that Facebook users are wising up to privacy, says research presented by the Polytechnic Institute of New York University at the 4th IEEE International Workshop on Security and Social Networking.

Researchers looked at 1.4 million Facebook profiles from New York City in March 2010 and then again 15 months later in June 2011, reports The Atlantic.

And guess what they found?

In March 2010, about 1 in 5 users hid their friends' list. By June 2011, this number had more than doubled to 53 percent. They also discovered that kids are smarter online than many of us give them credit for.

The researchers were quoted in The Atlantic:

We have found that women tend to be more private than men, and that young and middle aged people tend to be more private than older users....We have found that people living in the wealthier boroughs and in boroughs with more US-born users tend to be more privacy conscious.

It is staggering shift in such a short amount of time. From a security point of view, it is great to see that people are taking privacy concerns more seriously.

But this is not to say that I underestimate the value of social networks. Using them wisely and considerately, rather than using it as a diary for the world to read, is what I hope we are moving towards. Findings like this give me hope.

What about you?

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4 Responses to Are you being more private on Facebook?

  1. Nigel · 1249 days ago

    In answer to the poll question, "Are you being more private on Facebook compared to a year ago?", I suppose the answer would have to be "Yes", considering the fact that I have invoked the greatest privacy measure Facebook provides--namely, I deleted my account.

  2. lukas · 1248 days ago

    I wonder how many of the "no" votes have taken privacy serious from the start and how many just haven't leearned anything...

    • Bad Boy · 1246 days ago

      My answer was "no" because today, like a year ago, I do not have a Facebook account.

  3. Don. · 1246 days ago

    Well! I don't have a profile other then my name and that i'm married..I don't post a home town or school or where i work.And most of whats left is set to me only or friends.And my friend list is set too me only.I don't care that much for Facebook but I have family in another stste and we keep in touch through Fb.And all my friends are people i see all most every day.And if there comes a time that i have to post all that information then it's so long Fb.

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Hi. I am a social, brand and communications expert with 10 years in senior roles in the tech space. I'm currently Sophos' s Global Director of Social Media and Communities. Proudest work achievement? Creating and launching award-winning Naked Security. Outside work, I am a mean cook, an avid reader, a chronic insomniac, a podcast obsessive and blogger .