Google Glass was an interesting case because it showed us people do care about privacy, but only when they feel it's violated.

They will give endless data on themselves and others including photos, video and location but they will outrage the moment they feel privacy is actually at risk - because someone has a camera on their face instead of their hands.

Facebook is actually very clever to obtain all this data without triggering this sensation for the average person.

People know.. but they do not *feel*.

@polychrome @fuuko I used to think the same way, but after reflecting a while I've changed my mind. I think the vast majority of people say they want online privacy, but they don't actually do.

And it is not until something which requires them to do instead of just "say" happens, they are happy to just signal to others that privacy is important. Even then, a subgroup won't act and just continue to signal.

@sysdharma @fuuko I've gone the reverse route thanks to Glass. People were blocking glass wearers from entering places and even acting violent in the street, in some cases smashing their devices for "filming them".

This is not the response of people who do not care for their privacy. More likely, they want to feel like they are in control of when they expose themselves and get very agitated when they feel the control is out of their hands.


@polychrome @fuuko it could well be - unfortunately I have no way to read into their unconscious minds. But the paradox of someone who would smash a Google Glass but not close their Facebook account, to me seems like an evidence of extreme signaling and lack of substance.

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