Kids Don't Care About Privacy! Oh Wait, the Data Says Otherwise

More

It's a widespread perception among the generations peering down at the millenials that the kids don't care about privacy like we all used to. There's something about the perceived narcissism and voyeurism of posting photos all over the Internet that makes some people cringe.

But then along the Chief Technology Officer for Facebook, Bret Taylor. He told an audience at Web2 that "The majority of people on Facebook have modified their privacy settings." And he specifically highlighted younger, more active users as those who are most savvy about which people can see what on their profiles.

I think we can see this as a positive development. Facebook has provided better privacy controls and now more people use them. Not only that, but the longer people are on social media, the better they become at it. "Better," in this case at least, means sharing stuff with the people you want to without sharing it with the people you don't. I'd be shocked if we didn't see across the board improvements in people's ability to manage their information, as long as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other social networks continue to provide them with the ability to control their profiles in easy-to-understand ways.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Alexis C. Madrigal

Alexis Madrigal is the deputy editor of TheAtlantic.com. He's the author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology. More

The New York Observer has called Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science website in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Video

What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

Video

How Will Climate Change Affect Cities?

Urban planners and environmentalists predict the future of city life.

Video

The Inner Life of a Drag Queen

A short documentary about cross-dressing, masculinity, identity, and performance

Video

Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Technology

Just In