New Facebook Privacy Violations Add to the Network’s Woes - Page 2
Psychologists have a term for this. They call it decision fatigue and clinically it is the result of the steady depletion of the brain’s ability to make trade-offs which work in the its favor. The result is that decisions become increasingly bad to the point that what once was a point of contention or a choice of principle, now barely matters.
Facebook will deny that this is what it’s doing and simply cite its long-winded, complex terms of service. Basically however this is exactly where we are at. Facebook is not a consumer company however, it is the world’s largest social network and, as such, one would have thought that the moral high ground to take would be to find a way to simplify terms and conditions and create greater transparency in the information it gathers and the permissions it asks for.
Given what’s at stake in terms of financial gain I do not expect that this will happen any time soon. The clock is ticking however, in our newly empowered social media environment we may get worn down and agree to whatever in order to use this app or that app but we do not forget, nor do we forgive., Eventually a critical mass of dissatisfaction will be reached and once we get to the tipping point there will be the kind of fallout which frequently causes popular sites to crash and burn.