It’s official: Facebook is omnipresent and it has changed the way we live our lives. According to a recent study published by Oxygen Media and Lightspeed Research, 40 percent of adults surveyed described themselves as “Facebook addicts.” However, it’s not just how much they use it, but how—while 54 percent of females aged 18 to 24 didn’t trust Facebook with their private information and 63 present use it for “networking and career” purposes, 42 percent don’t mind posting those questionable photos from their last college party or night out. A slightly odder statistic: 34 percent of females check Facebook before they even brush their teeth in the morning.
Where do we draw the line on how much we share online? In a study on Facebook’s privacy controls, NPR found that a lot of people post their phone numbers (say, in a status about a new phone) without realizing how public that kind of information becomes. And who’s looking? Not only could a future employer or college admission officer see what your new cell number is, but they could see those photos from your friend’s 21st birthday bash. With Facebook so addictive nowadays, there’s no way to stop using it without a serious intervention. So just keep in mind that (as 89 percent of women aged 18-24 agreed) “if you don’t want your parents”—or anyone else who could possibly affect your future—“to see it, don’t put it on Facebook”.
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