The Co-evolution of Social Network Ties and Online Privacy Behavior
What is the nature of personal privacy in an increasingly digital world? To what extent should we foster greater information exchange among the public at large, versus protect the ability to limit disclosure to the people of one’s choosing? And to what extent do people say they care about either? Previous research on online privacy has predominantly been concerned with questions such as these. Noticeably absent, however, has been research examining actual online privacy behavior and its causes. In other words, regardless of whether people say they care about online privacy – and regardless of whether they should care about online privacy – given the option to disclose more information or less, what factors are predictive of the actual privacy decision that people make?
KeywordsTransition Period Privacy Setting Social Selection Public Profile Triadic Closure
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