People share information on The Social Media.
Teens also do.
Despite warnings about the fact that the information shared in the Social Media is likely to be misused, they still do.
So is chatting online.
The probable reason is the basic Gregarious instinct of man, the urge to be with people and share.
Why on the Social Media and not in person?
When you share information with a person, you are physically aware of his presence and ou are reticent about sharing your information.
This becomes difficult when the person whom you are sharing with happens to be your parents , relatives and even friends.
You are not sure how the divulging of the information will affect you.
Now this block exists even among friends!
Now I find that there few lasting friendships, but only ‘hi how are you”(there are exceptions).
So you have to share, but safely.
In a Social media, you do not physically see the person, you feel secure(in fact you are not, this is more dangerous as you do not know the person)
I checked with adults who engage themselves in chatting with unknown people of the opposite Sex,same-sex.
They are aware that the information will be misused.
The reason they informed me is that they can exchange lewd comments and things which they can not express in the Society openly, put it bluntly they can indulge in Sexual perversions, expressions , not approved by the Society.
There is a detailed Study by PEW Research center, on the behavior of Teens, Social media and Technology.
Teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they have in the past, but they are also taking a variety of technical and non-technical steps to manage the privacy of that information. Despite taking these privacy-protective actions, teen social media users do not express a high level of concern about third-parties (such as businesses or advertisers) accessing their data; just 9% say they are “very” concerned.>>
- Teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they did in the past. For the five different types of personal information that we measured in both 2006 and 2012, each is significantly more likely to be shared by teen social media users in our most recent survey.
- Teen Twitter use has grown significantly: 24% of online teens use Twitter, up from 16% in 2011.
- The typical (median) teen Facebook user has 300 friends, while the typical teen Twitter user has 79 followers.
- Focus group discussions with teens show that they have waning enthusiasm for Facebook, disliking the increasing adult presence, people sharing excessively, and stressful “drama,” but they keep using it because participation is an important part of overall teenage socializing.
- 60% of teen Facebook users keep their profiles private, and most report high levels of confidence in their ability to manage their settings.
- Teens take other steps to shape their reputation, manage their networks, and mask information they don’t want others to know; 74% of teen social media users have deleted people from their network or friends list.
- Teen social media users do not express a high level of concern about third-party access to their data; just 9% say they are “very” concerned.
- On Facebook, increasing network size goes hand in hand with network variety, information sharing, and personal information management.
- In broad measures of online experience, teens are considerably more likely to report positive experiences than negative ones. For instance, 52% of online teens say they have had an experience online that made them feel good about themselves.