Una Mullally

Society, life and culture on the edge

The BlackBerry Project

Would you let someone see and store your text messages, online chatter and emails and photos for four years? What picture would this paint of your life? And what could an academic do with a massive database of such data? …

Mon, May 14, 2012, 14:15

   

Would you let someone see and store your text messages, online chatter and emails and photos for four years? What picture would this paint of your life? And what could an academic do with a massive database of such data? A developmental psychology professor at the University of Texas has tracked such activity from 175 teenagers for almost half a decade in a new study, details of which are surfacing online now.

The study is detailed on Forbes as well as other outlets and provides an interesting if incomplete insight into the personal content teenagers create and share with each other, as well as their attitudes towards giving up their privacy in general. Meanwhile The LA Times takes a look at the sex-n-drugs angle

The abstract of the study is here, but you have to buy the PDF to see the whole thing. Next stop: Facebook data being added to the study.

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