Privacy’s value: less and less

Marc Sanchez May 14, 2012

The asking price to access all my texts, email, and instant message conversations for four years might rival the estimated value of Facebook. Apparently for 200 teens in Dallas, the cost has been a new BlackBerry and unlimited voice and data for their high school years. Researchers at the University of Texas-Dallas are just beginning to sift through the data. Singularity Hub details two days of texts around last year’s homecoming game and dance:
from the 43,000 texts emerged (which comes out to 127 texts per participant per day). The data shows that students were rather open in their communication with nearly seven percent of texts contained either profane or sexual language. Contrary to other studies and perhaps popular opinion, girls texted to the same degree as boys.

As a nonprofit news organization, our future depends on listeners like you who believe in the power of public service journalism.

Your investment in Marketplace helps us remain paywall-free and ensures everyone has access to trustworthy, unbiased news and information, regardless of their ability to pay.

Donate today — in any amount — to become a Marketplace Investor. Now more than ever, your commitment makes a difference.