By Zack Smith
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Surveillance is not normalIt is well understood that Google uses your personal data to maximize its profit, and that it owns your data and that you are at its mercy.
It has also recently been discovered that Facebook is listening into conversations that occur whenever the app is running. It performs eavesdropping not of your telephone calls but of whatever you say when the phone is nearby. BGR article about Facebook eavesdropping.
What does science tell us about social network users?Scientific researchers have been looking at what Facebook and other social networks do for people and what they don't do. A coherent image is beginning to form.
In England, Dr. Sam Roberts found that social networking
does not win you new friends, nor does it improve your existing relationships.
In Australia, researchers Ryan and Xenos determined that narcissistic, exhibitionist, and extroverted
personalities are drawn to social networking.
Researchers Kirschner and Karpinski, in the Netherlands and the USA respectively,
found that social network users
who are students have lower GPAs and they study less.
This correlation between poor academic performance and studying habits
on the one hand and social media use
on the other was confirmed in a larger study by Junco, done in the USA.
Boston researchers Nadkarni and Hoffman found that the need to belong
and the need for exhibitionism drive social network use.
Study from Denmark says quitting Facebook makes people happier.
Study by British marketing agency shows 82% of British FB users
are lying in profiles.