"I’m not going to scream across the room oh my God, I want to dance! Or stuff like that."
Teen, on friending teachers and preachers.
Along with The Berkman Center for Internet & Society, we conducted focus groups with teenagers in a variety of locales. Here’s a list of some of the most revealing and interesting comments about how teens think about social networking sites and how they navigate issues of identity and privacy. http://pewrsr.ch/10LRth9
Have you ever uninstalled or avoided an app due to concerns about too much personal information being shared? More than half of app users have.
- 54% of app users have decided to not install a cell phone app once they discovered how much personal information they would need to share in order to use it
- 30% of app users have uninstalled an app that was already on their cell phone because they learned it was collecting personal information that they didn’t wish to share
In addition, nearly one third of cell owners have had their cell phone lost or stolen (particularly those ages 18-24), while 1 in 10 have had someone access their phone in a way that they felt invaded their privacy.
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"We have also learned from our focus groups that some youth feel pressure to add people to their social media network, and as a result, it becomes almost a reproduction of their school. They feel like it is mean to not friend someone so they will accept any request even if they only know the person vaguely. So it is important to remember that some youth have created networks that are not that private at all. Plus, for many youth, they know how to use social media sites to interact and connect with others, but they don’t always “look under the hood” and may not have a nuanced understanding of how the privacy settings really work."
The Digital Media and Learning Research Hub has a great Q&A with our teens expert Amanda Lenhart on some of the hot topics related to youth, social networking and web 2.0.
Read the full Q&A
In our February 2012 survey, we included several questions asking how respondents feel about search engines and other websites collecting information about them and using it to either shape their search results or target advertising to them. While users are more satisfied than ever with the quality of search results, clear majorities of internet and search users disapprove of sites collecting personal info and online targeted advertising.
Read more in our new report, out today: Search Engine Use 2012