Privacy a Major Concern for Teens, Of Course

August 26, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

There is a myth about the current generation of teenagers that they are willing to share any information on social networks. But the truth is different. A recent research suggests that teens are extremely concerned about privacy issues.

The research conducted by Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life reveals that one in four teenagers have uninstalled a mobile app due to privacy issues. And, most of the teens were against installing a smartphone or tablet app, which requires giving away their personal information which they didn’t want to share.

With this study, it has come clear that privacy is a major concern for both adults and teens, as almost every social network, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or Tumblr, faces crucial privacy issues.


Almost 50 percent of teenagers who participated in the survey said they had turned off the location tracking on their handsets and in apps because they are worried about other people accessing that information.

The report also says that girls are more likely than boys to turn off location tracking. The survey found that about 59 percent of girls have disabled location tracking, whereas only 37 percent of boys reported turning off location tracking.

Some teens are worried about the companies while other are concerned about their own parents. The research also found that half of parents used their child’s mobilephone to monitor their location.

When teens were asked whether they worry about the information being taken from their devices, most of them replied that they didn’t even understand why the app would need their personal information, and so they tend to cancelled or removed the app.

Although teens were aware that an app wanted to use location services for some reason or the other, they didn’t see the reason as to ‘why’. Many teens were reported clicking the “Don’t allow” button, while some other reported deleting the application when they no longer need it.

The research was based on Pew’s telephone interviews with about 802 US teenagers between the age group of 12 to 17 and their parents. According to the survey, most teens had mainly downloaded social media and game apps along with music, news and weather apps to their smartphone or tablets devices.

The research also says that similar to app downloading , about 60 percent of teen Facebook users keep their profiles private and practicing safe sharing.

Most social networks like Facebook and Twitter are trying to improve their site’s features to keep users engaged, especially teenagers.

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