Social Media Affecting People's Privacy

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Social media can be defined as Internet platforms that enable people from all over the world to connect together and interact through text, audio, video and picture. Despite of social media bringing people together, the complexity of social media is getting more complex and causing more consequences that seem serious.
As we all know, people nowadays cannot live without social media, yet, they are not very aware of that social media has invaded their privacy. In April 2012, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) released two cases that show the users of social networking sites are facing privacy challenges (Luhtanen, n.d.). A user from Facebook claimed that Facebook was assembling, using and exposing his personal information without his permission. A third-party website was hosting Facebook social plug-ins like the “Like” and “Share” buttons, when they are visiting a third-party website, these button are
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In the world, 1 in 4 people are using social networking sites, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. They update status, post pictures and share their experiences to others. This kind of activities may not seem to be harmful, but some of the researches believe that social media might be affecting people’s mental health and lead to a serious mental illness. According to Whiteman (2014), a study in 2012 suggested that users of Facebook may feel anxiety and an increase of feeling of inadequacy. Ethan Cross, social psychiatrist from the University of Michigan, found out that people who are involved in social media tend to be more miserable than the others who do not use social media (Whiteman, 2014). Self-distraction and boredom relief are two main reasons why people are using social media, said Dr. Shannon M. Rauch of Benedictine University. People who are more likely to involve themselves into social media are those who are more anxious and feeling insecure

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