Those who quit Facebook often quote privacy concern as their chief motivator leading to disconnect. Considering recent outbreak of privacy-related scandals, including NFA wiretapping and loss of financial data by Target, pressure to reconsider privacy issues mounts. According to Lee Munson with Naked Security, the predominant demographic of the population that recently started questioning the safety of their personal information online is mainly older adults. Interestingly enough, this same segment has seen some explosive growth in its connection with Social Media over the last couple of years. These late adopters who are more conscientious of their right to privacy make up the bulk of Facebook user outflow. The setback, however, could only be a temporary. Facebook, after all, is still a very fresh concept to many. Before settling on its playground, some older users may need to go through multiple stages of thinking processes before accepting it, and here questioning comes before recognition.
Another critical consideration for many is fear of addiction to social networking. As revealed by an assessment of 300 respondents in a survey conducted by University of Vienna professor Stefan Stieger, as many as 6% who closed their Facebook profiles cited exactly this reason. While this might seem like a reasonable ground against social media, here too I believe that the predicament is temporary. As with many breakthrough inventions, the first reaction may often be fear and caution. As social media makes its way into everyday life of everyone, or most of us, many misconceptions about it will be falling gradually.
As we step into the new age of the internet and online identity, it is not just the technology that’s changing around us. Rather, our whole way of life is evolving to match the fast-paced rhythm of the 21st century. Human connections, relationships and interaction evolve as well. At this point it’s hard to say whether it’s
References: Lee Munson, nakedsecurity (September 18, 2013). Half of Facebook-quitters leave over privacy concerns [Article]. Retrieved from http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2013/09/18/half-of-facebook-quitters-leave-over-privacy-concerns/