The True Price of a “Free” Facebook Account: Are You Willing to Pay It?

MakeUseOf | 6/14/2018 | Christian Bonilla
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Why sign up for social media? Young or old, chances are you’ve taken a plunge of signing up to a social media account at least once. Yet, no other social media platform is quite as prolific and inviting as Facebook.

With the revelation that Cambridge Analytica was using Facebook’s user data—including but not limited to identities, networks, and “likes”—for their own financial benefit, a question arises.

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How does a company—whose product you and many others use to access news, entertainment, updates, and other information—get your personal data?

Remember FarmVille? As an avid gamer, FarmVille interested me to no end. While I never played the game, everyone knew about it.

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How could a simple, pedantic game like FarmVille become so wildly popular?

Let’s observe FarmVille as simple Facebook user would have. What’s not to love? It’s cute, entertaining, addictive, and free! According to CNBC:

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“There are approximately 100 million people in America and the U.K. regularly playing social network games such as FarmVille and Mafia Wars … That’s nowhere close to the number of people playing on the Nintendo Wii or Microsoft Xbox 360—but for an industry that’s less than three years old, it’s impressive.”

Who was playing FarmVille, exactly? As stated in the article above, the average age of a social gamer at this point in time was 48. Isn’t that odd, considering both social media and gaming culture are centered around a young audience? For comparison, users under the age of 21 only made up 6 percent of the total amount of users playing games on social media.

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