Some interesting figures about Facebook...
... were published on the last edition of Consumer Reports. The scope of this study was limited to the United States but, it seems to me, the extrapolation of these figures shouldn't be very different in other countries that have the same characteristics.
The main points are:
- Five million Facebook users are 10 or younger;
- 30 percent of users aren't comfortable with FB friends;
- 15 percent of adult users falsify personal info;
- 5 million users experienced abuse on Facebook;
- 9.5 million users don't use privacy controls; and
- Facebook apps may be sharing more than you think.
Some of these figures are disturbing. Specially the ones regarding the children. The time has come for us to think about the concept of the
human firewall, and in ways to implement it.
There are things for which no magic solution exists – many awareness campaigns and training will be necessary, perhaps a full generation, for the concepts to be learned until they became second nature: the
human firewall I was writing about.
Food for thought, once again.