Trust is a Funny Thing

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  1. Emma D. says:

    What a great perspective on the nuances of privacy. This discussion really made me think about my personal views of the connections between trust, discretion, and privacy. I’ve always been fascinated by the phenomena of voluntarily sharing personal or typically private information with strangers and what types of situations make this possible or appealing. One example that came to mind while I read your post was the anonymous chat website Omegle. You aren’t required to register or create an account with this website so there’s not much of a commitment involved and it allows you to chat with strangers. While this site has its trolls, like any other, I believe that because there is a general understanding that you can never tell when your chat partner is actually telling the truth people are much more likely to be honest or include personal details amidst made up information. Also, because people will never know for sure if they will meet their chat partner because of the anonymity involved I think that that aspect of the site makes people more comfortable with being honest. I think this is true of interactions people have with strangers in person as well. If we think we will never interact with someone again we may be less inhibited in what we choose to share. I think a big part of this comfort with strangers comes from the idea that we won’t have to deal with the repercussions of what we choose to share. For example, if a stranger with whom we share no connection chooses to judge us based upon what we share we can easily remove ourselves from the situation with little lasting negative impact.