Hey 2F00 group, I hope you enjoy reading my blog and look forward to seeing your responses.
When it comes to sharing personal information online I have always been careful to either falsify or leave information blank where applicable. Being that security flaws in the SNS are unavoidable, it is very easy for a skilled attacker to gain access to private information posted on SNSs. For this reason I have always falsified my email address, date of birth, address, and all other identifiable information even though it is set as far private as possible.
I have never found a reason to include any personal information on these sites; however I am guilty of being tagged in many images. In my defense, this is much less important than personal information as far as identity theft is concerned. Generally identity theft is concerned with stealing personal information and the identity thief would have to undergo plastic surgery or looks similar to me to use this data.
Another large problem that greatly impacts my identity is unsafe friends. It is very easy to see a list of all the friends that a current user has. It takes little intelligence to gather my indentify by using my friends publically available information. By looking at where most friends are born, an attacker can now have a good guess as to where I am born, same goes with age. This is a large unavoidable security flaw in most SNSs as creating lists of friends is their primary purpose. Also when I bring this up with my unsafe friends, the issue falls on deaf ears. They have no fear of identity theft and are not interested in protecting themselves (which inevitably exposes me).
It is little news to me that everything posted online is under surveillance so I have always strived to remain as anonymous as possible while still being recognized by my friends. One thing that is very scary to me which was not mentioned in the required readings is the storage of online data. Many corporations and even governments have massive data centers used to store insane amounts of data on online users. This frightens me as there is legitimately no way to ever remove all instances of a piece of data after it has been placed online, especially on social media sites.
It was shocking to read that 44% of teens have their SNS profiles visible to the public. Even more disturbing is that of this 44%, only 46% have falsified their information. This means that with very little effort, their full identity could be stolen by even an amateur attacker.
I found Shelly’s response to Stephen Colbert’s question asking if all the little tweets and texts add up into one large conversation interesting. I feel it applies even further to the attention span of the technology generation. I find myself having a very difficult time doing one task at a time. We seem to think that we can multitask own workload, yet multiple studies have shown that we produces lower quality results across all tasks (when the separate tasks require brain power). Taking the time to work on one thing at a time is how our brains like to function -maybe in the future we will evolve out of this- but currently we are single task processing machines. When working on many tasks, I rarely learn any real depth to any single task. Just like when social media is used as a form of communication we don’t learn the depth of each other. She goes on further to describe our inability to stay attentive during the boring bits which is where the real learning takes place.
Like most other SNS users, I use social media to connect with friends (past and present). I found it very difficult to relate to what Sherry discussed in her “the flight from conversation” article as my peers do not seem to behave in the manner she portrayed. Sure we’ll tweet the occasional picture and send text messages from time to time, but the majority of the time spent together during our gatherings is not on our electronic devices.
However I certainly agreed that there is a problem when a majority of time spent with peers is spent on electronic devices. I find this to be a very difficult problem to address. Some of the largest companies in the world are trying to find more immerse and dissociative forms of technology which we will embrace with open arms. I really enjoyed her comments on how parents can encourage conversation by utilizing small gimmicks such as car being a “device-free zone”. While I can certainly see these matters gaining more media attention in the future, it will not be widespread for quite a while. It is entirely in the parent’s hands to ensure that their child is raised correctly and properly introduced to being safe online.
I strongly disagree with Shelly’s comment in regards to work place communications. In most fields (especially programming), being interrupted causes a long lull period where the employee has to get back to his/her prior mindset (on average this takes 10-15 minutes). People are at work to produce quality; with frequent conversational interruption, this would not occur. An email allows the employee to finish his current task and get to it on his/her own time. Also, how much actual work would be done on conversation Thursdays? Business being largely international; emails serving as a paper trail for tasks assigned and agreements; the distraction of people walking up to converse, these are just some of the many reason technology is essential in the business world.
Sherry Turkle. The Flight From Conversation. New York Times Sunday Review. April 21, 2012
Places we don’t want to go: Sherry Turkle at TED2012
Boyd, D.M., Ellison, N.B. (Oct., 2007). Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp. 210–230.