On to the post...
So the other night (the other night means two weeks ago), after a long day of paint prep we were hanging out at the apartment, and I gave in to my number one rule...."no parents on Facebook."
Oh but not for the reasons you think. I'm not worried about weird posts on my wall or having my parents see what I'm up to.
Oh no, I'm more worried about then getting viruses, or having their accounts hacked, or them installing some app that steals all their information.
But I sat them down and we explored the differences between a blog, Facebook, and Google+. The general gist of the whole thing was Blogs give you complete control and privacy, Facebook is more for connecting with your friends while giving up some privacy, and Google+ is for finding topics you are interested in and sharing random things with strangers.
After the whole thing they decided they had no desire to be on any of those services. I feel this illustrates the generational gap that I have observed over and over again. I think they call it "Generation I" and it has something to do with being super self obsessed, and thinking little thing you do is worthy of praise and attention. Facebook plays right into that. It also feeds our (I'm gonna just include myself in Generation I, even though I was not born in the right time) need to peer into other peoples lives as well as share our own.
My parents don't see the desire for this, other parents I know just don't trust having all that information out there about them. That may have something to do with growing up around the Vietnam War and a mistrust of the Government.
I suppose I should not tell them how some of Facebook's major backers are highly connected to government folks, or how they asked Facebook to put in backdoors to their software, allowing access to them. That would probably really scare them away.
I guess there are two really good take aways from all this.
1) Nothing online is private, even if it's behind a password.
2) If it's free...you are probably the product being sold.
Already we are starting to see VPN's that change your internet address, and don't keep records of where you go. This is an EXTRA service people pay monthly for on top of internet access. Additionally there are new search engines cropping up that DO NOT track you like Google does. They return results like Google used to, un-personalized, un-tailored to you, because they don't know who you are. They are not Google killers by any means, but they are gaining traction.
So that's the point. There's just too much to worry about out there, and I can barely keep on top of it all, so I'd rather not have to worry about the whole family's data privacy.