People want to feel safe on the Internet, going to great lengths to minimize their “cyber footprint” (Changing Ways), from removing their contact information from directories to complaining about “their houses being visible on Google Earth” (Grayling). Yet, millions of other people cannot spend a single day without Internet-access, informing the world of their every action via Twitter and updating their Facebook status with their every thought, a plethora of photographs and personal details. Perhaps the attraction is in the projection of an ideal or image rather than conveying truth (Grayling). That said, Grayling implies websites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, chat rooms, and other blog sites, may not be extinguishing users’ privacy as much as people think.
There is a reason that people are so protective over their privacy. It is true that people need to have a free psychological area where they can be left alone to themselves to sort out personal feelings and thoughts (Grayling). Grayling paints a perfect picture of the need for privacy stating, “If we lived naked in glass houses with our every thought broadcast to the world, we would be as prisoners trapped in the glare of others’ scrutiny, unable to grow, think, relax or relate to others.” The media temptations offered by Facebook and other electronic communication available today will never beat out the innate desire for privacy (Grayling).
In the past year, Facebook has made several changes, in an attempt to improve privacy. For example, users are now prompted to accept the Facebook terms and conditions when opening an application for the first time, granting the application developer access to personal contact information from the user’s personal profile. This change is geared toward one of Facebook’s largest company initiatives for 2011—e-commerce (Townsend).
Although users are prompted to accept or decline the granting of access to personal