First Advisor

Plantz-Masters, Shari

Second Advisor

Barnes, Stephen D.

Third Advisor

Likarish, Daniel M.


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

MS Computer and Information Technology


School of Computer & Information Science

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

47 pages


Young women have placed themselves at risk by disclosing private and sensitive data on their Facebook accounts. Privacy settings which can help prevent unauthorized access of this data exist, but some women choose to ignore them. This study is an attempt to gain an understanding of this phenomenon and answer the question of why young women choose to share personal information. Qualitative interviews of college students were conducted and the results interpreted in this paper. The results of this interview are intended to supply research for future studies which aim to minimize problems caused to individuals who choose to share such private information to a semi-global audience.

Date of Award

Summer 2010

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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