http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2010/102010/10102010/580581/index_html?page=1

A very interesting article about how we perceive privacy on the internet when really it’s far from that. Looking at it from a psychological point of view, it is very interesting to see how people change when they act on the internet. They use the computer screen as a buffer zone from the actual confrontation. This is why cyberbullying has escalated. The bullies feel that there is no one watching what they say to someone as well as they have the computer screen as a buffer zone from the person. The lack of non-verbal communication which can be argued as the most important part of communication is also absent, meaning that even normal conversations could escalate if someone’s tone is misinterpreted.

Everything is recorded in cyberspace and the issue of privacy is one that is ignored in terms of online. Look at Facebook, everyone should delete their Facebook account right now. Even if we did, they would still have the pics and wall posts but, it would prevent us from giving more personal information. Facebook is the most un-private organization online yet, half a billion people participate (me being one). Facebook having this many people illustrates the problem that we as a society, think that the online world is safe and private when it is not. We are monitored, tracked and put into systems to figure out how to get us, the consumer, to purchase goods. The online world is a marketers dream that we keep feeding.

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