European Data Protection Digest

Generational Divide Defines Sharing or Not

SOCIAL NETWORKING—GERMANY

August 20, 2010

Deutsche Welle reports on generational differences in concerns about privacy. Those under 30 years old, so-called "digital natives," are less concerned about privacy than those over 30, called "digital immigrants," as digital natives have grown up using the technology. "They have grown up watching talk shows and reality TV programs like 'Big Brother,' where nothing is private anymore," said an expert from the German Institute for Internet Communication and Law. The older the user, the less likely he or she is to share information, the report states, adding that digital immigrants more often use social networking sites to check up on children and grandchildren than to share personal information about themselves.
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