Do you feel that your privacy is limited due to your use of social networking sites? Important to communication because SNS are a major way in which our society communicates with others, yet through my research I have found that many people feel that SNS limit our privacy which is bothersome to those who use them.
People would feel that their privacy was being compromised through their use of social networking sites The majority of people who took the survey would be in the age group of 20-24 More females than males would take survey People will utilize privacy settings Their reasoning for implementing them will be to avoid their pictures and postings they think will hinder their chances for certain jobs & fear of family members seeing them.
People feel their privacy is limited because of social networking sites. People use privacy settings in order to gain some privacy, but they know it is not always guaranteed. Because social networking sites are so common now, people are becoming more weary of what they post as far as pictures and comments because they know it can potentially be used against them Ex: potential employers, family members, school officials, etc.
Although people claim they know the repercussions of posting certain images & comments, some people (especially younger adolescents) do not understand that once something is posted, and they’re utilizing privacy settings it does not mean that there will not be consequences. Ex: Later in life those same pictures they didn’t think were inappropriate at the time could resurface and have a negative effect. Pictures involving alcohol use, etc. This is why it is important to realize how little privacy social networking sites actually provide.
Survey Series of multiple choice, yes or no, and open ended questions. Eight questions all together 39 people took the survey I think that having various types of questions allowed for people to elaborate where necessary as well as be straightforward, which seemed to be effective.
First asked age group Age 15-19 = 10.3% Age 20-24 = 66.7% Age 25-29 = 12.8% Age 30-34 = 2.6% Age 35-39 = 0% Age 40 and over = 7.7%Age is important because it gives perspective on who the majority was who took the survey.
Asked which social networking sites they used most often. Social networking sites used most often Facebook Twitter Instagram None
46.2% said YES 53.8% said NO*Went against my expectationI gave an option to elaborate on this question if people felt it was limited and only 17 people responded. The results varied from feeling their was a lack in privacy settings to experiences with their profile getting hacked into.
Which privacy settings do you use? hide albums & pics (65.6%) hide comments & other postings (50%) profile cannot be searched (18.8%) only specific people can see entire profile (68.8%) approve postings to page(31.3%) approve those who want to view page (18.8%) none (3.1%)
The previous pie chart is contradicting the question of whether or not people thought their privacy was limited due to using social networking sites. If people did not think that their privacy was limited to using SNS, why did so many people implement privacy settings? In the last question of the survey, people were asked to clarify why they used privacy settings.
The most common answers for why people used privacy settings was because they were afraid that their future employers would / could use it against them. Felt uneasy about random people being able to see their profiles. Privacy settings gave them a peace of mind. Realize that once something is posted there is no telling who is copying, using, altering, etc. the content of your page.
The results of my survey were a close representation of the information I gathered in my research. People were weary of similar issues in my research and in my survey. Some of the answers I expected to get turned out not to happen. The larger implications of this survey are that people DO feel that their privacy is compromised, but because of privacy settings they feel more at ease. A contradiction of my research and survey was that people utilize privacy settings to avoid people seeing certain things, but the research said that people are understanding that even with privacy settings, privacy isn’t guaranteed.
Change the wording on some questions I think the wording on some questions confused people. Example: Asking if people thought their privacy was limited, majority said no yet people still said they implemented privacy settings.
Try and reach out to a bigger sample size I posted it on Facebook & asked to have it sent out to the class, but next time I would print it and hand it out in the library, etc. Example: I only had a sample size of 39 people and the majority of them were ages 20-24.
There were some issues that were out of my control such as-- Some people skipped questions Some people didn’t elaborate where asked to A lot of answers were very vague **By people skipping some questions it technically made my sample size even smaller.