The social networking phenomenon is accelerating at record speeds and isn’t likely to slow down any time soon. Research shows that 9-to-17-year-olds report spending almost as much time using social networking services like MySpace, Facebook, and other web sites as they spend watching television. Among teens, that amounts to about 9 hours a week on social networking activities, compared to about 10 hours a week watching TV. So how is online socializing affecting the social habits of young people today?
Curious about privacy on social networking sites? Will society be more forgiving of the “digital footprints” young people leave online? Does “privacy” mean anything when someone has a friend list numbering in the 100s? Robert Siegel of NPR interviews Mary Madden, a senior researcher with the Pew Internet and American Life Project, about these and other online privacy issues facing teens today.
My father-in-law died last November, and his pension was supposed to continue to his wife, my mother-in-law. No checks came until January. She deposited that check, and it quickly was sent back to the bank marked in big red letters “CANCELLED” – and her account was debited that amount, and of course was thereby overdrawn, with a bunch of charges. It took a couple of weeks and several phone calls to find out (by this time it was mid-March) that they had her as being dead, too!! The Customer Service Representative who was on the line had researched it, and … Continue reading →