Title: The privacy paradox in using Facebook among Arab teens: between declarations and behaviour

Authors: Moanes H. Tibi; Asmaa N. Ganayem; Khaled Asad

Addresses: Department of Computer Science, Beit Berl College, Kfar Saba, Israel; Al-Qasemi College, Baqa el Garbiya, Israel ' Al-Qasemi College, Baqa el Garbiya, Israel; MOFET Institute, Tel-Aviv, Israel ' Al-Qasemi College, Baqa el Garbiya, Israel; Beit Berl College, Kfar Saba, Israel

Abstract: The present study examines the issue of privacy among teens using the social network, Facebook. It examines, on the one hand, how Arab teens view the issue of privacy, and on the other hand, how participants actually behave. The study is based on a questionnaire delivered to 500 Arab teens from Israel. The study's results show that certain private information is more readily disclosed by Arab teens than one's family. Most participants reported that they are aware of the issue of privacy yet do not make changes to the site's default privacy settings. This behaviour supports the existence of some degree of the privacy paradox among participants, which is likely to be expressed in various online interactions. The results of the study can help educators and parents gain a better understanding of teens' behaviour in the digital arena, perhaps contributing to the creation of better and more suitable educational approaches.

Keywords: social media; Facebook; privacy; privacy paradox; teenagers; Arab society in Israel; new media; online interaction.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIPSI.2018.096155

International Journal of Information Privacy, Security and Integrity, 2018 Vol.3 No.4, pp.310 - 326

Available online: 12 Nov 2018 *

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