Thursday, December 15, 2016

A Response to It's Complicated: Teens Who Want Privacy

The text, "It's Complicated," talks about teens who seek privacy in the public age. Social media has blasted information of teens all over the web; it's no wonder child predator numbers has sky rocketed. Still, with their information swimming in a pool of accessibility, teens still complain about having their own privacy on the web.

Is this even possible? Yes, social media accounts have a "private," option in which only people who follow you can see your posts, and the admin can deny or accept people requesting to follow them. However, I often notice that teens don't really keep track of who's requesting to follow them. Instead, they tend to accept everyone for reason: they want more followers for social acceptance.

This sad truth is what usually leads to people being hunted on the internet; especially young women. Social media has turned into a worldwide popularity contest. Teens judge each other on how many followers or likes they get and even pay for such things. Their insecurities on the web has lead to dangers and risk behaviors. So, to answer the question: no, there is no privacy on social media. Furthermore, companies like facebook, twitter and google have workers constantly keeping track of your frequent sites, likes and followers and pay off companies to send ads your way. Teens don't really think their social media browsing doesn't get monitored, did they?

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