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Facebook's increasing popularity among college students has caused new issues regarding privacy on a website whose major aim is to foster communication via personal information sharing. However, this is not consistent across all ages. In fact, research has shown that as a person's age increases, the amount of information they share on the internet generally decreases. A new direction in research is to understand why, which was the aim of this study. Sixty undergraduate students were given a validated questionnaire which investigated how concerned each individual is regarding their safety and privacy on the internet. This information was compared to each person's Facebook privacy settings which were recorded during the study, followed by an analysis of these results.

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Honors Thesis

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Melissa J. Layman-Guadalupe

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Internet risk awareness as a mediator for the relationship between age and privacy settings on Facebook