Privacy under Construction: A Developmental Perspective on Privacy Perception

TitlePrivacy under Construction: A Developmental Perspective on Privacy Perception
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsSteijn, WMP, Vedder, A
JournalScience, Technology & Human Values
Date Published2015
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number01622439
KeywordsCOGNITION , developmental , Intellectual , Online , personnel , Privacy , Right , SOCIAL , THOUGHT
AbstractThe authors present a developmental perspective regarding the difference in perceptions toward privacy between young and old. They first introduce the notion of privacy conceptions, that is, the specific ideas that individuals have regarding what privacy actually is. The differences in privacy concerns often found between young and old are postulated as the result of the differences found in their privacy conceptions, which are subsequently linked to their developmental life stages. The results show that the privacy conceptions held by adolescents indeed differ from those held by young adults and adults in keeping with the expectations as seen from a developmental perspective. In addition, the areas in which the differences in privacy conceptions are found also reflect the strongest relationship with concerns. As such, these findings present an alternative perspective to the commonly held notion that young people are less concerned about privacy. 
NotesSteijn, Wouter M. P. 1 Vedder, Anton 2; Affiliation: 1: Tilburg University, Tilburg, the Netherlands 2: Tilburg University, Tilburg, the Netherlands, ICRI-CIR, KU Leuven, Belgium; Source Info: Jul2015, Vol. 40 Issue 4, p615; Subject Term: RIGHT of privacy; Subject Term: PERSONNEL records -- Access control; Subject Term: INTELLECTUAL freedom; Subject Term: COGNITION; Subject Term: THOUGHT & thinking; Author-Supplied Keyword: developmental perspective; Author-Supplied Keyword: online information; Author-Supplied Keyword: privacy attitude; Author-Supplied Keyword: privacy conceptions; Author-Supplied Keyword: social needs; Number of Pages: 23p; Document Type: Article