Hey Mom, What’s on Your Facebook? Comparing Facebook Disclosure and Privacy in Adolescents and Adults


Although there seems to be a popular perception that adolescents care less about their privacy than adults, it seems that there are more similarities than differences across age groups in the factors that predict information sharing on Facebook. It has been argued that Facebook is an environment that encourages people to share regardless of their privacy views (see Christofides et al., 2009), and an environment that encourages disclosure as a necessary feature of identity construction (Zhao, Grasmuck, & Martin, 2008). These findings indicate that both developmental and learning factors may be at play in the way that people make decisions as to whether to share their private information and when to use the privacy mechanisms that are available.