In the year 2004, Mark Zuckerburg launched a social networking site where users can chat with their friends, check private messages, upload photos and update their personal profiles. Through time, this social networking site became enormously accessible to all that every single person that I know is a member of it. I bet you already know what I’m talking about. And yes, it’s the ever popular FACEBOOK. Nowadays, having a Facebook account is a daily necessity or even a trend. In fact, many users can’t survive a day without updating it.
Facebook has become a great phenomenon. But in any great phenomenon comes with a downside. Facebook may have helped many people in different ways, but at some point, certain issues were raised. One of the biggest problems that Facebook has been dealing with since its launch was the privacy issue of its users. According to the study about Facebook and Online Privacy: Attitudes, Behaviors, and Unintended Consequences by Bernhard Debatin, Jennette P. Lovejoy, Ann-Kathrin Horn, M.A. and Brittany N. Hughes, specific privacy concerns of online social networking include inadvertent disclosure of personal information, damaged reputation due to rumors and gossip, unwanted contact and harassment or stalking, surveillance-like structures due to backtracking functions, use of personal data by third-parties, and hacking and identity theft.
Even though Facebook have all these wonderful privacy settings found in your account, it’s just sad to know that not all users are using their privacy for their own safety. Studies have shown that a large percentage of users were aware about the privacy settings but only a little percent makes use of it. Facebook has provided privacy settings in which you can choose whether the public can see your profile, your Facebook friends, or only you. There is another thing that I do find disturbing, and that is a lot of Facebook user post their every move on Facebook. It’s just like their whole world revolves on Facebook. And I personally find it too shallow. You see, not all people are interested in everything you do. Not unless you’re a celebrity or something.
But then again, Facebook is a social networking site. You can’t keep everything in private. Facebook is made for sharing thoughts, experiences, and ideas. But we should always put in mind to be responsible enough in sharing personal information with others. Because Facebook has already gave you options. And at the end of the day, we ourselves have the power to control our own privacy.