?Facebook is the most popular, talked about, and used social networking site that is available to anyone who is older than 13 years of age. It allows you to create and maintain your personal profile, communicate with friends, family, co-workers, or complete strangers. In the United States there are more than 500 million active users today, 19.5 million are the age between 18-25, average user has 130 friends, and 700 million minutes are spent on Facebook at any given time per month. There are privacy setting available in which only your friends and users within shared network can access your profile, and those who do not change their privacy settings any Facebook member can access their account. Once you are a member of this popular networking site, you control of how much information you want to disclose about yourself, and with whom you feel comfortable sharing this information with.
?In the previous research done by Peluchette & Karl (2008) went one-step further and looked at three different social networks such, as Myspace, Linkedld, and Facebook. Facebook was the leading site for college students. Studied 433 undergraduate students in Midwestern part of United States. It was based on a survey and out of the 433 distributed, 346 were returned for a response rate of 89%. The survey was broken down into five sections: a) demographic items including gender, age, academic major, hours worked per week, and social network use; b) a problematic profile information measure; c) students perception of the image they feel they portray on their social network profile; d)students’ beliefs who is or should be viewing their social network profiles. The same participants were then asked how likely they would indicate 36 different items on their person profile. Items included things like photos, beliefs, demographics, and were rated based on a 5 point scale ranging from 1 being very unlikely and 5 very likely. Peluchette and Karl found that males more than females were more significantly to report their social network images that were wild, sexually appealing, or offensive.
?Research conducted by Nosko, Wood, Molema (2009) a study was done based on Facebook social networking and self-disclosure and what information is most likely to be disclosed and by whom. It was split up into three different categories; personal identification, sensitive personal information, potentially stigmatizing. A sample was done based on 400 randomly selected profiles from 8 Canadian Facebook profiles. They found that people who had gender, age, relationship statues shared more in all three categories then who did not indicate, and there was no significance between male and female. It has been theorized ( Taraszow, Aristodemou, Shitta, Laouris, & Arsoy 2010) that males are more likely to use information in which one can use to locate them.